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Warrants: Hoggard coach charged with hitting, threatening students

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An assistant football coach at Hoggard High School has been arrested after an incident at the school last week. The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office has charged Joseph Clinton Brown Jr. with five counts of simple assault and one count of assault with a deadly weapon.

A Sheriff’s Office spokesman says all the alleged victims are students.

According to the arrest warrants, investigators say Brown hit one student in the head multiple times, hit another in the arm with a closed fist, hit two students in the forehead with a closed fist and grabbed another by the throat. The warrants also say Brown assaulted another student with a deadly weapon by striking “a yard long square wooden stick… on a table by the victim, placing the victim in fear.”

Brown turned himself in late Wednesday night and was given a $60,000 unsecured bond. He was released under the condition that he have no contact with the victims in the case.

The school district suspended Brown a week ago with pay after the incident on campus. Brown has been employed with New Hanover County Schools since August 2006.

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