More charges for coach arrested for choking player

Jared Gallagher


by NewsChannel 36 Staff

Posted on August 29, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 29 at 12:06 PM

LANDIS, N.C. – An assistant football coach accused of choking a 12-year-old player is facing more charges Monday and is back behind bars.

Jared John Gallagher was arrest Sunday at 924 Oval Street in Kannapolis after an incident that happened last week at Corriher-Lipe Middle School.

The additional charges are second degree kidnapping, felony assault by strangulation, misdemeanor interfering with emergency communications and misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon.

His is in jail at the Rowan County Detention Center under a $100,500 bond.

Gallagher is accused of choking a 12-year-old player and assaulting a parent after an altercation during practice on the first day of school.

Gallagher was initially charged with misdemeanor child abuse, misdemeanor possession of a weapon on educational grounds and misdemeanor resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

According to a report filed with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, it all started at the school around 5 p.m. after football practice.

Head football coach Douglas Pruitt told deputies that Gallagher was walking with the 12-year-old boy to the locker room after practice and choked him.

Pruitt tried to intervene, but Gallagher tried to fight him, according to the report.  A parent then got involved as Pruitt called 911 for help.

When deputies arrived they approached Gallagher and asked him to put his hands behind his back.

Gallagher did not comply, according to the report, and was tased by the deputy.  Gallagher reportedly pulled the prongs out of his body and was shocked again by another officer behind him, the report stated.  Gallagher was shocked for a third time and fell to the ground where he was restrained by officers.

Deputies discovered a 9 mm pistol with 79 live rounds of ammunition inside Gallagher’s truck, according to the report.

That had parents worried because Gallagher posted his $5,000 bond last week.

Tracy Palmer’s son is in the eighth grade.

“If he brought that much ammo…he could come back,” Palmer said.

Gallagher is the assistant football coach and full-time In-School-Suspension (ISS) assistant for the school.  He is suspended without pay pending the investigation.