Verdict reached in
Wilson hazing case
No explanation was given for the
Updated: Thursday, 09 Jul 2009, 4:20 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 09 Jul 2009, 12:00 PM EDT
* Melissa Holmes
* Posted by Emma Orn
WILSON, N.Y. (WIVB) – Two of three players in the Wilson High school hazing case have been acquitted on all charges. The controversial case focused on alleged horseplay on the team bus last year.
Thursday morning, Town Justice George R. Burger ruled finding the defendants not guilty of forcible touching, child endangerment and first-and second-degree hazing.
No explanation was given for the decision. The attorney for one of the players contacted News 4 this morning. â€œAll it says is, it lists the counts and says not guilty,” said P. Andrew Vona, attorney for one of the players.
On Wednesday the vindicated teacher-coaches held a celebration and news conference on their acquittal, saying the overzealous investigation ruined their reputations.
Weâ€™ll have much more on this story on News 4 and on WIVB.com throughout the day.
New York State Police Press Release
Albany, NY -July, 9, 2009 – Statement from State Police Chief Inspector, Colonel Anthony Ellis regarding Town of Wilson hazing investigation:
“Allegations were made by Mr. Mike Paul, that the State Police conducted the investigation into the Wilson hazing allegations in an inappropriate manner. As a result of Mr. Paul’s allegations, a thorough and exhaustive incident review was conducted. The review found all investigative and police actions concerning this matter were in accordance with State Police Rules and Regulations. The review concluded that a thorough and proper investigation was conducted and the matter is now closed.
“State Police Investigators conducted a thorough and complete investigation into the Wilson hazing allegations. The arrests which followed were based on probable cause. The investigative file, sworn statements of witnesses and victims were submitted to the Niagara County District Attorney, who accepted the State Police investigation and proceeded with the case. This case was prosecuted according to the laws of the State of New York.”