(Lincoln, Nebraska-AP) -- Nebraska offensive lineman Tamotu "Junior" Tagoa'i of Hawaii pleaded innocent today in Lincoln, Nebraska, to a year-old assault charge. The 22-year-old Tagoa'i of Hauula on Oahu was accused of hitting his then 22-year-old girlfriend in the jaw at their apartment in October of 2001.
Tagoa'i agreed to a pretrial diversion program and the charge was dropped. The third-degree assault charge was refiled last month after Lancaster County Attorney Gary Lacey said Tagoa'i failed to verify completion of 30 hours of community service and a mandatory domestic violence prevention course.
A December fifth trial date was set. Tagoa'i also faces a trial this month on misdemeanor assault and vandalism charges from an August first incident.
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