Former college player charged in North Carolina sports agent probe free on reduced bond

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HILLSBOROUGH, North Carolina — A former college football player is free on a reduced bond after being charged with violating North Carolina's sports agent law that bars illegally luring collegiate athletes into contracts.

Christopher Hawkins was being held on a $300,000 secured bond after last week's arrest, but court documents say it was reduced Monday to $5,000.

Orange County assistant district attorney Jeff Nieman said Tuesday that attorneys from both sides agreed to the reduction provided Hawkins meets requirements such as maintaining contact with his probation officer and staying in the state.

The former UNC and Marshall defensive back faces four charges, including providing $13,700 to former Tar Heel defensive end Robert Quinn, now with the St. Louis Rams.

Five people are facing charges in the nearly 5-year-old investigation by the Secretary of State's office.

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