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Football Coach Charged After Kicking 12-Year-Old Player

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Spotsylvania County, VA—A volunteer middle school football coach has been charged, after allegedly kicking a 12-year-old boy during practice.

21-year-old Joseph Bernard Hart works as a volunteer football coach at Ni River Middle School. On October 16, officers say Hart kicked the 12-year-old boy during football practice, causing the child to fall to the ground.

When the boy's father arrived to pick him up from practice, he learned of the kicking and confronted Hart. The father, 43-year-old Maurice Smith of Spotsylvania, then hit Hart. Smith has been charged with assault and battery.

Hart has not been arrested, but faces felony cruelty and injuries to children charges.

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