- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - A St. Johnsbury man accused of punching a youth soccer coach during a game has apologized.

Donald Hjelm (helm) was accused of punching Todd Smith in the face in the game involving third- and fourth-graders last September at the St. Johnsbury School.

The Caledonian Record reports (https://bit.ly/1CR8U7x) the 53-year-old Hjelm wrote to Smith saying his behavior was completely out of character that day.

Hjelm had to the write the apology as part of his diversion program requirements that allowed him to escape criminal prosecution for disorderly conduct and a possible 60-day jail sentence.

Smith, publisher of the Caledonian-Record, said he told the diversion board that Hjelm should have to apologize to the kids.

Hjelm’s lawyer said Smith made derogatory comments about Hjelm’s child at the game, which Smith denied.

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Information from: The Caledonian-Record, https://www.caledonianrecord.com


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