Assault charge filed against Utah youth football coach

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 4:16 PM


PAYSON— The city of Payson has filed a misdemeanor assault charge against a volunteer youth football coach accused of knocking down an opposing player and giving him a concussion last month.

The Utah County Attorney’s Office had already declined to press charges against 38-year-old Nathan Harris of Mapleton. But the Daily Herald newspaper of Provo reported Monday that the city had filed one misdemeanor count of assault.

Harris says he doesn’t understand the charge and that no assault took place.

The charge stems from an Oct. 6 incident, when a 13-year-old player running toward the sideline collided with Harris. The boy suffered a concussion. Some who were at the game claim Harris intentionally hit the boy, while others say it was an accident.

Harris is due in court Dec. 13.

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