Alleged Choke-Hold Coach Faces New ChargePosted: Updated:
A baseball coach accused of using a choke hold on one of his players now faces a new charge.
State police charged LLoyd Kevin Smith with second degree criminal contempt Monday evening. Smith was issued an appearance ticket to appear again in town court.
In this case, Smith is accused of violating a court order when he attended the same event as his alleged victim - state police spokesman Trooper Jack Keller said Smith and the teen baseball player both were at a September 9 softball tournament to honor slain Trooper Joel Davis.
The mother of the teen contacted state police because her "son felt intimidated," Trooper Keller said. The teen left the tournament after seeing Smith, Keller said.
Earlier this year, a Jefferson County grand jury declined to charge Smith with a felony, but he still faces misdemeanor charges of second degree reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child.
The alleged incident happened in April. State police said Smith was demonstrating mixed martial arts moves to the player.
Police said one of the moves was a choke hold, which led to the student losing consciousness and hitting his head on a metal and glass door.
A judge initially granted the 16 year old a "stay away" order of protection, though that order was reportedly modified in September.
We've reached out to Smith's lawyer, Anthony Neddo, for comment. If he responds, we'll update this story.