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Rutgers' Demarest charged with assaulting companion

LONG BRANCH, N.J. -- Rutgers top assistant football coach
Chris Demarest was charged with assault after an altercation in a
bar at the Jersey shore.

Demarest was arrested early Saturday, Sgt. Mike McGlennon said
Tuesday.

The name of the alleged victim has not been released, but
McGlennon confirmed published reports that it was a woman who was
in a relationship with Demarest.

The 42-year-old Demarest is free on bail of $2,500. He'll be
required to appear in municipal court, but a date had not been set,
McGlennon said.

Demarest has been the defensive secondary coach at Rutgers for
three years. In March, he was promoted to assistant head coach.
Before coming to Rutgers, he was defensive backs coach at North
Carolina State from 2000-2003 and a graduate assistant at Florida
State from 1998-99.

Demarest did not return a phone message left at his office
Tuesday.

Head coach Greg Schiano was in Rhode Island for a Big East
conference media function.

"I am in the process of gathering all of the information and it
would not be fair to make any statement or judgment until I collect
all of the facts," he said through a spokesman.