An Ohio man was arrested this week after allegedly assaulting an 8th-grade football player.
According to police reports, Chad Marcino, of Toronto, Ohio, was arrested by Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies at his home after allegedly assaulting an 8th-grade junior high football player after a game.
Officers spoke with the juvenile victim and observed a spot of blood on his chin. The juvenile was transported to Trinity West Hospital for treatment. All the players in the locker room and the coaches were present when this incident occurred, and testified that Marcino attacked the young 8th grader.
Officers interviewed coaches and juvenile players who reported seeing Marcino allegedly assault the 8th grader. The officer spoke with 17 players, all of whom are 7th and 8th graders, after receiving parental permission.
All 17 said Marcino picked up the football helmet, walked into the locker room, and asked whose it was. The 8th-grade juvenile victim reportedly said it was his, and then Marcino allegedly threw the helmet at the juvenile, hitting him in the chest with it.
Players said the 8th-grade victim used an expletive directed at Marcino when he was hit with the helmet. Players also say they saw Marcino grab the juvenile by his shoulder pads and then slammed him into the locker.