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Football coach charged with assaulting student, 15

November 4, 2011 |  8:34 am

Pasadena’s city prosecutor has filed a misdemeanor battery charge against John Muir High School football Coach Ken Howard for his role in a Sept. 28 scuffle with a 15-year-old student.

Howard will be arraigned Dec. 1 for “battery on a school ground,” City Prosecutor Connie Orozco stated in an email Wednesday.

A battery committed on school property is punishable by up to one year in jail and fines not exceeding $2,000, according to state law.

Attorney Joe Hopkins, who represents Howard, told the Pasadena Sun the student struck at Howard before the coach attempted to restrain him during a search for weapons.

“I haven’t seen the charge in writing, but if it looks like a case that needs to go to trial, then we’ll let a jury decide,” Hopkins said.

Prosecutors are still reviewing the incident to determine if the juvenile should face charges, according to Pasadena Police Lt. Tracey Ibarra.

In a previous interview with the Sun, the boy said Howard grabbed him by the neck, dragged him into a hallway and slammed him against lockers after a heated verbal exchange.

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-- Joe Piasecki, Times Community News

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