Football Coach Accused Of Assaulting Player

A recreational league football coach has been arrested, accused of assaulting one of his players.

Dudley Whitley III, a coach for a recreational football league in Rocky Mount, has been charged with simple assault.

Police say the 49-year-old coach allegedly hit the 12-year-old victim on the lower back with his hand as a means of discipline during practice. It happened August 13th at Tom Stith Park.

Police say they were notified by the city Parks and Recreation Department later in that week. A criminal summons was obtained by the victim's mother after appearing before a magistrate.

Whitley, who is a a partner in a Rocky Mount law firm, has an October 26th court date.

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