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Former NFL player Johan O. Asiata charged with starting teen prison fight club

December 2, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Former NFL player Johan O. Asiata charged with starting teen prison fight club

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A former NFL player Johan O. Asiata is facing accusations that he forced teenage prisoners into partaking in an alleged fight club, according to authorities.

The former offensive lineman for the Chicago Bears, is one of four corrections officers at the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles, who were charged by a grand jury in the case. The other guards involved are Elliot J. Short, Michael M. Klimek, and Andre L. McFarland.

Back in January of this year, the correctional officers reportedly had juvenile detainees fight other prisoners, according to Kane County State Attorney Joseph McMahon. McMahon maintained that the suspects simply sat back and watched the violence unfold.

Four guards at Illinois Youth Center-St. Charles are charged with encouraging detainees to attack each other as a form of discipline. (Kane County State's Attorney photos)

Four guards at Illinois Youth Center-St. Charles are charged with encouraging detainees to attack each other as a form of discipline. (Kane County State’s Attorney photos)

“Correctional facilities are not supposed to be nice pleasant places,” McMahon said in an interview with The Daily Beast. “But they’re also not supposed to be places where people are exposed to harm from employees.”

The news outlet also reported that Johan O. Asiata had entered the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice as a “special intern.”

Asista, who last played football in 2011, has been charged with one count of unlawful restraint, two counts of aggravated battery, and five counts of misconduct.

Johan O. Asiata’s mugshot

Johan O. Asiata’s mugshot

The guard (who, as a player, was recorded at 6-foot-4, 310 pounds) beat his victims and also reportedly smuggled contraband into the prison.

If found guilty, Asiata faces between two and five years behind bars, but he may get off on probation, The Chicago Tribune reported.

The former lineman played college football at UNLV, where he earned honorable mention at the All-Mountain West Conference as a senior at the school. After remaining undrafted in 2009, Asista signed with the Bears and was their practice guard for most of the season. He

He appeared in only two NFL games before he was waived in 2011. In 2013, Asiata played for the L.A. Kiss of the Arena Football League.

Asiata also coached the Chicago Bears youth camp.

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