- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

ELKINS, Ark. (AP) - Former Cedarville High School football coach Kevin Lea has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges resulting from an altercation during and after a football game against Elkins.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1QnosoK ) that Lea pleaded guilty Tuesday to harassment, failure to disperse, obstructing governmental operations and disorderly conduct. In exchange for his plea prosecutors dropped a charge of inciting a riot and changed a charge of endangering the welfare of a minor to disorderly conduct.

Lea was given a suspended sentence and ordered to pay $1,980 in fines and court costs.

Authorities say Lea yelled profanities and racial statements at the Elkins coach and officials following penalties against Cedarville in the final minutes of the Oct. 16 game in Elkins. Police say Cedarville coaches and players “swarmed” an officer who intervened.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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