LAWRENCEVILLE - Two Central Gwinnett High students - including a star wide receiver - were arrested Monday in connection with passing $30 worth of fake money, records show.
Malcolm Alvin Moulton, a star senior wide receiver on the Black Knights football team, and Daryle Davon Wesley, a former Berkmar football standout, are charged with forgery in the first degree, according to a Gwinnett County School Police arrest report.
According to the report, Moulton, 17, and Wesley, 18, used three counterfeit $10 bills Monday morning at Central Gwinnett's book store. Surveillance video captured the act, the report states.
Moulton, listed at 5-foot-11, 189 pounds, led Central Gwinnett with 40 catches for 545 yards and five touchdowns as a junior. Wesley had 137 tackles last season as a linebacker for Berkmar, which was third in the county. A Berkmar school official confirmed Wesley is not on Central Gwinnett's football team.
Both teens posted $2,950 bond Tuesday, jail records show.
Ed Stokes, Central Gwinnett's football coach, said he will await the completion of the investigation before making a decision on Moulton's future with the team.
"I am concerned about Malcolm," Stokes said in a statement. "He is a gifted athlete who had recently made considerable strides in his work ethic and his leadership on the field. Our athletes have to understand they must represent themselves off the field as well as on. My sincere hopes are that whatever the outcome of Malcolm's investigation, he will learn to abstain from negative influences and make better choices for himself."
Moulton is the second Black Knight football player to be arrested this month.
Senior running back Diante Drake, who has drawn interest from several major Division I schools, is apparently suspended for at least five games in connection with his Aug. 5 arrest for allegedly possessing less than one ounce of marijuana. Drake, also arrested in December 2007 on a similar charge, rushed for 1,501 yards last season as a junior.
- Sports editor Will Hammock and sports writers Brandon Brigman and David Friedlander contributed to this report.
SideBar: Coach Ed Stokes' statement
I am aware of the charges filed against Malcolm for first degree forgery. I will, of course, await the completion of the investigation and make sure I have all of the facts before deal with the consequences in relation to his participation on our football team.
I am concerned about Malcolm. He is a gifted athlete who had recently made considerable strides in his work ethic and his leadership on the field. Our athletes have to understand they must represent themselves off the field as well as on. My sincere hopes are that whatever the outcome of Malcolm's investigation, he will learn to abstain from negative influences and make better choices for himself.
Our team motto is "Building Young Men of Character while Striving to Win Championships on the Field of Play". Given recent events, one might question as to how well that message is being received. However, I am very pleased that the vast majority of our football team is made up of good, upstanding young gentlemen. It is unfortunate that the actions of a few have damaged and severely misrepresented the overall makeup of our program. One of the things we have preached to them is "To whom much is given, much is expected." When players are blessed with talent, and put in the limelight, that means that there is responsibility that goes with it. Their actions affect not only themselves, but the team, their families, and our program as a whole.
I realize that my job as a head coach is in dealing with teenagers who will make mistakes. And while part of my job is to give them a chance to correct themselves and teach them to do right, I will not continually do so and put the rest of our team and our program in jeopardy. Playing football for Central Gwinnett should be an honor and a privilege.
Coach Dennis Roland did an excellent job as a head coach of trying to instill character in our young men, and trying to teach them that we care about them not just in football, but we care about them socially, spiritually, and academically as well. We will continue to plant those seeds just as Coach Roland did, but is ultimately up to our young men to make those decisions for themselves.
Despite recent adversity, I am very pleased in the direction our program is going, and I also confident that our young men are resilient enough to move forward towards winning on the football field. We will continue to focus on the players who are here and who are working hard to win a championship. I still believe we have more than enough talent to compete at a very high level this year and we're excited about our upcoming game against Daytona Mainland.