Tyler Olander was accepted into a pretrial diversionary program in Florida on Wednesday morning, the Bay County clerk of court confirmed.
Olander, 20, the junior center for the UConn basketball team, was arrested on trespassing charges at a hotel resort complex during spring break in Panama City, Fla., last week. Under the terms of the pretrial program, Olander can pay a $200 fine and perform eight hours of community service — he can do that in his home area — or he can pay $280 without community service. He must pass an online educational test, and he must not violate the law while he is in the program.
Once the process is completely satisfactorily, which usually goes quickly, the charge is then likely to be dropped, according to Olander's attorneys.
The legal problems began at about 2 a.m. last Thursday, when Olander was asked to leave the Lakewood Wharf resort, first by security staff and then by a sheriff's deputy, who arrested him. He was booked at 6:51 a.m. and released on his own recognizance a few hours later.
Olander, from Mansfield, fractured his left foot in a game March 6 and later had surgery. His foot has been in a cast and he has been on crutches, and he will need six to eight weeks of rehab before he can play basketball.