More charges against man who punched son at basketball game

5:11 PM, Dec 19, 2011   |    comments
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LAKEVILLE, Minn. - Additional charges have been filed against an Eagan man who allegedly punched his son after a basketball tournament in Lakeville last week.

Steven Wilson, 52, was originally charged with one count of misdemeanor domestic assault and booked into Dakota County jail following the altercation which took place at Lakeville Senior High School on December 10.

On Monday, the Dakota County Attorney's Office added one count of malicious punishment of a child and one count neglect of a child, which are both gross misdemeanors.

"Violence against children under any circumstance is unacceptable," Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said in a release. "It is particularly disturbing when it is associated with a youth sporting event as is alleged here."

According to the criminal complaint, Wilson admitted he got into a disagreement with his 14-year-old son after an 8th grade basketball game.

The son told police that he father was yelling at him as they were walking down the hall and that his father pushed him into the wall.

Witnesses told police the father slammed his son into the wall and began punching him totally unprovoked by the son, according to the complaint.

Police say Wilson made several spontaneous statements using profanity. When an officer told the defendant to watch his language, Wilson leaned forward, looked the officer directly in the eye and used more profane language.

The officer handcuffed Wilson based on his aggressiveness.   

Another coach told officers there had been similar behavior by Wilson during other sporting events. The coach told police that Wilson was ejected from a different game because he was yelling and swearing profusely.

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