Joe Tumpkin, former Colorado assistant football coach, charged with felony assault

Tumpkin, who was the school’s safeties coach for two seasons, was charged with five counts of second-degree assault and three counts of third-degree misdemeanor assault, the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office said.

Former Colorado football coach Joe Tumpkin was charged with multiple counts of assault Tuesday. (Image via Flickr)
Former Colorado football coach Joe Tumpkin was charged with multiple counts of assault Tuesday. (Image via Flickr)
Former Colorado football coach Joe Tumpkin was charged with multiple counts of assault Tuesday. (Image via Flickr)

Former University of Colorado assistant football coach Joe Tumpkin was charged with multiple counts of assault Tuesday.

Tumpkin, who was the school’s safeties coach for two seasons, was charged with five counts of second-degree assault and three counts of third-degree misdemeanor assault, the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office said.

Tumpkin’s ex-girlfriend filed a temporary restraining order against him in December. The woman alleged Tumpkin choked, bit and pushed her up against a wall in separate incidents that began in February 2015.

The university suspended Tumpkin, 45, when it learned a judge had granted the woman a temporary restraining order against him. Colorado athletic director Rick George and head football coach Mike MacIntyre then asked Tumpkin to resign last week, and he did.

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