Fluvanna Soccer Player Charged with Assault & Battery
Katrina Ditta, 18, charged with misdemeanor assault & battery after being accused of biting opponent on soccer field
A Fluvanna County High School girls' soccer player faces a criminal charge, accused of biting an opponent during a game. But her parents claim they have proof their daughter, 18-year-old Katrina Ditta, is innocent.
The alleged victim is a juvenile so we can't report her name, but we have learned the girl is a rising senior at Western Albemarle High School. Her parents tell NBC29 she was bitten in the arm by the Fluvanna senior soccer player.
Now, Ditta, of Palmyra, is charged with misdemeanor assault and battery. Albemarle County police say a warrant for her arrest was served Thursday.
The criminal charge stems from a district tournament game on May 23. The Fluvanna County High School Girls' Soccer team was playing Western Albemarle High School on the field in Crozet.
Albemarle County police say the alleged victim's parents notified them of the accusation that Ditta bit their daughter during the game and decided to press charges.
"In this particular instance, this was brought forth by the victim and the victim's parents," said Sgt. Darrell Byers with Albemarle County police. "This is not something that the police department did. We assisted by helping file the report, but we did not bring forth the charges. This was brought forth by the victim and the victim's parents."
NBC29 spoke with Ditta's mother by phone Tuesday afternoon. She says, "My daughter is innocent." Ditta's attorney says the family obtained a videotape of the soccer game that proves her innocence.
They plan to use that as evidence in court. Ditta's trial is scheduled for July 16 in Albemarle County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
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