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Semyon Varlamov charged with assaulting girlfriend

Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was arrested in late October, and now he's been officially charged with assault by the Denver District Attorney.

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Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov has been formally charged with assault. Third-degree assault is a misdemeanor in the state of Colorado, not a felony. It's the only assault charge under Colorado law that is not a felony.

Varlamov, who has been with his team since being released after his arrest, will appear in Denver County court on Monday, Dec. 2 at 8:30 p.m. MT, according to a release by the Denver District Attorney's office.

Here's some background on the third-degree assault charge, via Colorado law office Garlin Driscoll LLC:

Third degree assault is a Class 1 misdemeanor, and the only assault charge that is not a felony. Third degree assault does not require intent, but rather that a person knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another person or, with criminal negligence, causes bodily injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon. Third degree assault is commonly charged in situations involving minor physical altercations that do not involve apparent injury but do involve some degree of physical pain.

Varlamov was originally arrested under a kidnapping charge as well, but that was apparently dropped. The Avalanche have yet to make a public statement about Friday's news.

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