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Cops probe report of assault by SHU soccer players

Published 8:32 am, Saturday, April 26, 2014
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Police are investigating an assault that allegedly occurred last October at Sacred Heart University.

The victim, a resident of Massachusetts who attends SHU, came to police headquarters Wednesday accompanied by his mother after she learned he'd been suffering from headaches, memory loss and bouts of anger following the alleged attack.

The student told police he had gone on a chartered bus trip to Exhibit X club in New Haven with fellow students on Halloween. One of the others, who he said was a member of the college's soccer team, according to the report, apparently became jealous of the relationship between the victim and his girlfriend.

The report states there was alcohol on the bus and in the club.

After the group returned to SHU campus, the student said the soccer player tried to get into his dorm. The victim went outside and that is when the player and three other members of the soccer team, according to the report, allegedly threw him to the ground. According to the resident assistant who broke up the fight, the victim was kicked in the head and hit with a belt.

The victim talked to campus security that night and a report was filed, but no photos of the victim's injuries were taken. He was bleeding from the nose, police were told.

The victim's mother said she did not learn of the assault until recently.

Police are investigating the complaint, and indicated arrests may follow.