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November 29, 2013
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Youth coach charged with battery on referee

A youth soccer coach has been charged with a gross misdemeanor — battery on a sports official — in connection with an incident in October when she allegedly struck a referee after a match between two teams of under age-10 players.

Elizabeth Jean Deaton, 30, appeared Monday for arraignment in East Fork Judge Tom Perkins.

He appointed attorney Kris Brown to represent Deaton, and set her next court appearance for Jan. 8.

According to court documents, the victim said Deaton struck her in the chest, and used obscenities after the referee made an off-sides call at a game at Ranchos Aspen Park.

After the match was over, Deaton reportedly approached her in an “aggressive manner” and began yelling at her and disputing the call.

Parents and children were present, according to the report.

The referee said she ordered Deaton to leave and not return. She said she backed away from Deaton, but the suspect reportedly struck her in her chest with her fists.

She did not require medical attention.

Deputies arrived on the scene after Deaton left.

While deputies were taking reports, two witnesses came forward and offered to write statements.

They corroborated the victim’s account, and said another parent tried to break up the altercation. They claimed Deaton tried to engage another parent in a fight, and made threats to other officials.

Deaton was taken into custody without incident at the sheriff’s office when she came to make a report. She claimed she was shoved by the official.

Conviction of a gross misdemeanor carries a penalty of up to one year in Douglas County Jail and a $2,000 fine.

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