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Football coach gets 10 days for battery on teen referee

‘Good wake-up call to coaches in our valley,’ victim’s mother says

Posted: August 8, 2013 6:24 p.m.
Updated: August 8, 2013 6:24 p.m.

A local flag football coach was sentenced to 10 days in Los Angeles County jail Thursday after pleading no contest to battery of a sports official, in this case a 17-year-old teen referee, court officials said.

Aherjon David Palmer, 34, was sentenced in Santa Clarita Court, ordered to serve a 10-day sentence and to participate in 52 weeks of anger management classes. Palmer was also ordered to perform 20 days of community service, said a spokesman for the District Attorney’s office in Santa Clarita.

He was also fined $550 and banned from coaching for two years.

“This is a good wake-up call to coaches in our valley,” the mother of the teen referee who was battered during the flag football game said Thursday.

Palmer was charged following a flag football game April 20 after he stormed onto a field at West Creek Park, near Rio Norte Junior High School, to complain about a call that was made by the referee.

The game was played by 12-year-olds — the Cougars versus the Predators. Palmer, who was coach of the Cougars, was removed from that position after the incident, Royal Sports league spokesman Daniel Griswald has said.

Misdemeanor battery charges were initially filed against the teen referee but were later dropped by prosecutors who chose to proceed only with the charge against Palmer.

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.”

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