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NJ Little League coach pleads guilty to assault



TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A Little League coach who was accused of hitting a 17-year-old umpire in the head has pleaded guilty to assault.

Thomas Murphy was suspended from the Berkeley Township Little League soon after the May incident.

The umpire had ejected Murphy from the game after an argument.

Ocean County prosecutor’s spokesman Al Della Fave tells the Asbury Park Press Murphy was unaware the ump was a teen when he hit him on the side of the head, causing pain and redness.

Della Fave says in return for the guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to recommend probation for the 44-year-old. He must also write apologies to the victim and to the Little League.

Murphy can also apply to a program that would erase the conviction if he successfully completes the terms.