Oregon police to probe if Alaska coach hit player

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 8, 2013 at 7:56 pm •  Published: April 8, 2013
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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A police department in Oregon will investigate whether an Alaska assistant high school football coach assaulted a player on a school-sponsored team trip to a summer camp last year.

Police in Juneau announced Monday they are turning the investigation over to the Gold Beach, Ore., Police Department to determine if a Thunder Mountain High School coach assaulted a player during an informal boxing match on the trip.

Juneau police spokesman Sgt. Chris Burke said that his department conducted a preliminary investigation and will continue to have a role because most witnesses are in Alaska.

"We are going to assist them in anything they need in their investigation," Burke said.

Gold Beach Police Chief Dixon Andrews will determine if there was a criminal violation, the department said in an announcement.

Two Juneau football coaches were placed on administrative leave over the weekend.

School administrators said they reported the matter to police after learning of the boxing match.

One piece of evidence police are looking at is grainy video that appears to show the incident. It was posted on YouTube but has since been removed by the website as a violation of its anti-bullying policy.

The video showed a boxing match with two people wearing gloves. The smaller boxer was hit in the face. After turning away, the smaller boxer was punched from behind and floored as those watching cheered. It's not clear who shot the video.

The boy's father told the Juneau Empire (http://bit.ly/10wjrk0 ), which first reported the story, he was provided a copy of the video by Juneau school officials when he was called in to be told of the incident by Thunder Mountain principal Dan Larson and a Juneau Police Department school resource officer. The Associated Press is not identifying the father or son because the boy is a minor who might be the victim of a crime. Attempts to reach the father Monday were not immediately successful.