Lubbers enters no contest plea

The long-delayed trial of a University of South Dakota professor has been called off.

On Monday, May 23, Charles Lubbers pleaded no contest to charges relating to an incident that took place in October.

Lubbers was charged with first offense simple assault � a Class 1 misdemeanor � as a result of the incident, which took place on a Vermillion football field and involved a fifth-grade boy.

According to the Associated Press, Lubbers � a media professor and former youth football coach � said the boy was trying to tackle another player after the whistle blew during a game.

Lubbers then put his arm in the way of the boy, knocking him to the ground.

In November, Lubbers told USD�s campus newspaper, The Volante, that the incident was a simple misunderstanding between him and the boy�s mother.

Lubbers was chair of the department of Contemporary Media and Journalism at the time of the incident. He vacated the position Jan. 1, but still is a professor at the university.

The case was set to go to a jury trial scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, but did not as the result of Lubbers� plea.

Previous court appearances in the case were delayed in November, January and April.

Lubbers is scheduled to be sentenced July 5 at the Clay County Courthouse.

� The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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