School official cleared in case of alleged assault


Craig Police said they are changing the wording in a police report to reflect that it wasn't a Moffat County High School official who allegedly assaulted a 13-year-old Craig Middle School student during a football game Nov. 20.

According to an investigation by the high school Resource Officer Jesse McAvoy, the high school's athletic director, Jim Loughran, was mistakenly identified as the man responsible for lifting up the juvenile by his sweatshirt and hauling him to the concession stand.

"We haven't identified who the adult was who took the boy to the principal, but the report against the official is unfounded," Craig Police Lt. John Forgay said.

Two boys allegedly vandalized the men's restroom at the stadium by plugging the sinks and throwing toilet paper. A man allegedly caught the boys in the act, grabbed one of the youths by the shirt and took him to the concession stand to report the incident to school principal Jane Krogman. Tina Hall, the mother of the juvenile, is pressing assault charges in the case.

The juvenile's brother-in-law, Mark Rinard, told police that it was Loughran who had lifted up the 13-year-old boy, causing him to lose his breath for a moment.

Forgay said the report has not been finalized. He said the man who brought the boy to the concession stand was a patron of the football game.

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