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Coach Arrested for Assault

Updated: Monday, February 11 2013, 03:38 PM EST
Burke County's popular Freedom High School football coach Michael Helms won his 100th career game this fall, and was just coming out of a winning season when he was arrested Friday.

"He was taken into custody just moments after the officers viewed the cameras," said Rutherford County Sheriff's Department Captain Chris Adkins.

The video allegedly shows Helms assaulting his son in a hallway during the 16-year-old's junior varsity basketball game at Rutherford County's R.S. Central High School.

"There were two or three of the players that during the game was asked to go dress down - I don't know why," said Adkins. "Apparently when they were changing clothes or coming back out, that's when the father confronted his son."

Authorities say it was one punch to the face, that knocked the boy's head back into a concrete wall, making a 'thunk' that officials say, witnesses heard. A R.S. Central faculty member and a student saw the incident and reported it to the school resource officer.

When the officer approached Helms about the incident, Helms reportedly said he did it, that it was his son, and that it didn't leave a mark.

Authorities say that Helm's son, who was standing by, told the officer it was his own fault.

Burke County School District officials say Helms has been suspended with pay while the investigation continues.

Helms is charged with simple assault and released on $1000 bond. His court date is set for February 21.

By Ashlea Surles
Follow Ashlea on Twitter @AshleaSurles
Coach Arrested for Assault


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