Junior Keiaho charged with assault, kicked off team

Utah State University football player Monte “Junior” Keiaho has been served a court summons for his involvement in an aggravated assault incident on Sept. 19, 2010. According to 1st District Court documents, Keiaho is charged with one second degree felony count of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury to another and two class B misdemeanors of assault.Officials at the Cache County Attorneys office say the 22-year-old Logan native is alleged to have been involved in a fight in the parking lot of Legacy Village Apartments, 1651 North 400 East in North Logan. He allegedly punched a victim, causing an orbital fracture near one of his eyes.Wednesday, USU head football coach Gary Andersen issued a statement saying that Keiaho has been dismissed from the team for an undisclosed violation of team rules.”I feel that it is in the best interest of this program and for Junior Keiaho that he no longer be a part of this team,” Andersen said. “We wish him the best in the future and we are fully supportive of him in his life outside of football.”Others were with the victim who suffered the broken bone and they, too were assaulted on the night of the fight. Keiaho apparently did not act alone. There were two other suspects with Keiaho at the time of the incident but have not yet been identified. The victim identified Keiaho out of a photo line up.The 6’3”, 243 pound junior starting linebacker was suspended from the USU football team for violating team rules previous to the Aggie football game at San Diego State on Sept. 25. However, Keiaho was reinstated in time for USU’s game against in-state rival Brigham Young University.Keiaho posted 20 tackles in eight games while battling a knee injury throughout the season. He recorded 1.5 tackles for loss, including one sack, along with three pass break-ups and one interception.

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