Josh Moten
Josh Moten

Colorado freshman defensive back Josh Moten was arrested by University of Colorado police early Tuesday morning on suspicion of third-degree assault and domestic violence after an incident involving a former girlfriend.

Moten, a 6-foot, 195-pound defensive back from Carson, Calif., has been indefinitely suspended from the team, CU sports information director Dave Plati said. Moten has not played in any of the first five games this season.

Police Cmdr. Tim McGraw said the investigation is not complete. According to CU's online police blotter, CU student Britini Matthews, 18, was ticketed for third-degree assault in the same incident.

McGraw said the physical altercation between Moten and his former girlfriend before 1 a.m. Tuesday was "real minor" and allegedly began when the girlfriend confronted Moten, asked for a pair of earrings she had given him and then slapped him.

Citing the police report, McGraw said Moten allegedly pushed his former girlfriend away and she later reported feeling pain to police, which forced them to arrest Moten.

"By virtue of them having a relationship in the past, that kicks in the domestic violence aspect to it," McGraw said.

Moten appeared in Boulder County Court on Tuesday morning. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Nov. 23.