Man who filed lawsuit against ex-Wildcat Pastner arrested on fugitive warrant

Man who filed lawsuit against ex-Wildcat Pastner arrested on fugitive warrant
Ron Bell. (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Arizona man who accused Georgia Tech basketball coach Josh Pastner of sexually assaulting his girlfriend has been arrested.

The Oro Valley Police Department confirmed Ron Bell was arrested Wednesday, March 14 on a fugitive warrant.

The spokesperson did not know what charges Bell is facing or which agency issued the warrant.

Bell and his girlfriend Jennifer Pendley filed a lawsuit against Pastner, a former University of Arizona assistant coach and player, on Thursday, Feb. 8.

The couple's lawsuit, which can be read HERE, also alleges sexual battery by Pastner.

The couple's lawsuit came less than a month after Pastner filed a defamation lawsuit against Bell and Pendley.

The couple claim Pastner sexually assaulted Pendley in 2016, when Pastner was head coach at Memphis.

Pastner, through his attorney, has denied the allegations.

In February 2018, Pendley told Tucson News Now she had not yet reported the allegations to authorities but was considering filing a police report.

In his lawsuit filed in January 2018, Pastner accused Bell and Pendley of defamation, inflicted emotional distress, conspiracy, blackmail and extortion.

Bell and Pendley have both denied the allegations in Pastner's suit.

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