High school football coach accused of assaulting teen in locker room

High school football coach accused of assaulting teen in locker room

PLUM BOROUGH, Pa. — Police are investigating an alleged assault of a teenager by an assistant Plum Senior High School football coach.

The 16-year-old and his grandmother reported the assault Saturday morning, police said.

According to police, the 16-year-old said he was assaulted by the coach, who has not been identified, in a locker room after Friday night’s game. He said his injuries were minor.

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Photos from David Shrager, the teenager’s attorney, show bruises that resulted from the assault.


“He choked him, threw him against a wall, was ripping at him. My understanding is the other coaches came running out and pulled him off of him," Shrager said.

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Shrager said the incident happened after the player spiked his helmet on the playing field following Friday's loss, leading to the altercation.

The Plum Borough School District released the following statement Monday:

"The Plum Borough School District is fully cooperating with the Plum Boro Police Department, and we are awaiting the findings from their investigation before we draw any conclusions.  All state laws, district policies and procedures to maintain the health, safety, and welfare of our students were properly followed upon learning of this alleged incident.  As always, the safety of our students will be our first priority."

Shrager said the player and his grandmother had other teenagers in mind when they filed the report with police.

“She was extremely concerned. One of her main issues that she kept coming back to is she didn't want this to happen to other children. I respect that," Shrager said.

Shrager said they will wait for the results from police and their own investigation before deciding on how to proceed.

There's no word on how long a police investigation into the incident could take.