Minnesota-Duluth Recruit Faces Assault Charge

A Minnesota-Duluth recruit faces a charge after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend.

Chris Stafne was charged with fifth-degree domestic assault, the Duluth News Tribune reported. He was booked in the St. Louis County (Minn.) Jail on Tuesday and later was released.

A court order was filed Tuesday ordering Stafne not to have contact with the alleged victim, the newspaper reported. He has a court appearance scheduled for June 15.

According to police reports cited by the newspaper, Stafne’s girlfriend said Stafne showed up at her St. Scholastica dorm room. She said he was upset with her because he thought she was cheating on him, and grabbed her cell phone. When she tried to take it back, Stafne pushed her down and she fell between the bed and the dresser.

Stafne’s girlfriend suffered bruises and scrapes as a result of the alleged attack, the newspaper reported.

Stafne, a forward, played for Indiana, Fargo and Des Moines in the USHL over the last two seasons. He’s scheduled to be part of the 2010-11 freshman class at Minnesota-Duluth.

Minnesota court records show that in 2006, Stafne pleaded guilty to fifth-degree assault in St. Louis County.


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