ORONO, Maine — A University of Maine hockey player is facing charges stemming from an altercation at an off-campus residence, according to Orono police.
Ryan Lomberg, 19, of Richmond Hill, Ontario, was charged Thursday evening with assault and disorderly conduct in connection with an incident that occurred April 26, Orono Police Chief Josh Ewing said.
Lomberg was summoned but not arrested, according to Ewing, and is scheduled to appear in court on June 19.
The sophomore right wing has been suspended from the hockey team and other UMaine activities pending the outcome of the investigation. Margaret Nagle, senior director of public relations and operations, said Friday that Lomberg would be able to attend classes until a hearing is completed.
Robert Dana, the dean of students, said a report, which involved Lomberg, was made to the Orono Police Department and to the University of Maine.
Under privacy laws, Nagle and Dana couldn’t talk specifically about Lomberg.
Ewing said a man came into the Orono police station at about 5 p.m. April 27 and reported that he had been in an altercation the evening of April 26 at a Summer Street residence.
The chief said the altercation between Lomberg and the victim began over a previous dispute about a dog that belonged to a mutual acquaintance.
Ewing said Lomberg allegedly knocked the man to the floor before kicking him in the face and midsection before he was pulled off. He added that the man suffered a broken nose and concussion before he went to Eastern Maine Medical Center on his own.
“We interviewed a large number of people and determined that Lomberg was the aggressor in the situation,” Ewing said. “He certainly wasn’t defending himself.”
Dana said that in any cases involving students, the first step is an investigation by the UMaine conduct office.
“They thoroughly investigate the allegations and determine the facts. Once the investigation is completed, they release a statement of their findings. Then there is a hearing involving the conduct investigators and the accused student,” explained Dana.
He said the student can have an advocate with them.
Dana also said there are three separate jurisdictions: the criminal justice process, the student code of conduct and the student-athlete code of conduct.
Once the hearing is concluded, the student has the right to appeal first to a code of conduct committee and to the University of Maine president.
Maine hockey coach Red Gendron verified that Lomberg is being investigated by the UMaine conduct office but said he couldn’t offer any further comment.
Lomberg, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound wing, scored 11 goals last season, third most on the team, and also had seven assists in 34 games.
He tied with Jake Rutt for the most penalty minutes on the team with 40, and he was assessed a one-game suspension by the league for an elbowing incident against Merrimack on Feb. 15.