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Valencia: Misdemeanor battery charge filed against coach in alleged referee assault

Posted: May 28, 2013 5:40 p.m.
Updated: May 28, 2013 5:40 p.m.

County prosecutors are proceeding with a battery charge filed last month against a local flag football coach, according to investigators at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Parks Bureau.

On Tuesday, prosecutors with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office filed one count of misdemeanor battery on a sports official in Santa Clarita Court for an alleged attack on a flag football referee by a local coach, according to a news release issued Tuesday by Parks Bureau detectives.

The incident, they wrote in the release, occurred on April 20 at the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation West Creek Park in Valencia during a flag football game for children ages 12 to 14.

A 34-year-old Castaic man who was a coach was upset over a call and walked into the field while the game was in progress, detectives wrote.

“He confronted the 17-year-old referee in the middle of the field yelling about a call. He then struck the referee once in the face, knocking him to the ground,” they wrote in their report. The man was identified as Ahje Palmer.

Prosecutors filed a single battery charge against Palmer, Deputy Johnie Jones of the Parks Bureau said Tuesday.

“Investigators interviewed at least 13 witnesses,” he said.

Under state law, “battery is committed against a sports official immediately prior to, during, or immediately following an interscholastic, intercollegiate, or any other organized amateur or professional athletic contest in which the sports official is participating, and the person who commits the offense knows or reasonably should know that the victim is engaged in the performance of his or her duties.”

The offense carries a fine not to exceed $2,000 or a term in county jail of up to one year, or both.

Palmer is no longer a coach for the Cougars, said Royal Sports league spokesman Daniel Griswald said shortly after the incident.
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