Dylan Thomas Hollingsworth, the Niwot High School football coach accused of choking a student and then kneeing him in the groin, was charged Thursday with assault and harassment.

Holingsworth, 43, was charged with one count of second-degree assault, a Class 4 felony, and one count of third-degree assault, a Class 1 misdemeanor. The harassment charge is a Class 3 misdemeanor.

Holingsworth appeared at the hearing out of custody on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond and had a status conference scheduled for Jan. 26.

Both Hollingsworth and defense attorney Jon Banashek declined to comment on the case.

The St. Vrain Valley School District has placed Hollingsworth — who also is a teacher at the school — on administrative leave.

According to an arrest affidavit, an altercation occurred between Hollingsworth and a 17-year-old student on Oct. 26.

The student told deputies he was listening to a rap song during ironworks class and was repeating the lyrics, which contained some profanity, after Hollingsworth had told the class the next person to swear would get hit or kicked.

The student said Hollingsworth came up to him and choked him and then kneed him in the groin.

More than 25 students were in the class at the time.


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