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DeSmith to attend counseling

By Justin Loring, Sports Editor
According to an article published in Foster’s Daily Democrat by Morgan Palmer on Saturday, Dec. 6, former UNH goaltender Casey DeSmith will avoid jail time for assaulting a woman on Aug. 31. DeSmith will undergo drug and alcohol counseling, as well as completing community service. He will be on probation for 12 months.
In last week’s press conference, UNH men’s hockey head coach Dick Umile stated that, while DeSmith was eligible to be reinstated to the University on Dec. 20, he would officially be dismissed from the team.
“Our student-athletes here at UNH are held to a higher standard than the general student body. Because of Casey’s actions the weekend of August 31, I’ve made the decision to dismiss Casey from the team,” Umile said.
Initial reports of the incident stated that the victim was “thrown to the ground, jumped on top of, and was repeatedly punched and spat upon”, according to Durham Deputy Police Chief Renee Kelly. The initial call to police was made at 12:59 a.m. the morning of Aug. 31, where the victim stated she was assaulted by DeSmith. At the time of the incident, DeSmith “appeared intoxicated” and was taken to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital. He resisted arrest at the hospital when officers tried to take him into custody.
DeSmith admitted to assaulting a woman in Durham on Aug. 31, signing a diversion agreement at the Dover District Court last Thursday.

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