WILSON, N.Y. (WIVB) - Two of three players in the Wilson High school hazing case havebeen acquitted on all charges. The controversial case focused onalleged horseplay on the team bus last year.
Thursday morning, Town Justice George R. Burger ruled findingthe defendants not guilty of forcible touching, child endangermentand first-and second-degree hazing.
No explanation was given for the decision. The attorney forone of the players contacted News 4 this morning. “Allit 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 acelebration and news conference on their acquittal, saying theoverzealous investigation ruined their reputations.
We’ll have much more on this story on News 4 and onWIVB.com throughout the day.
New York State Police Press Release
Albany, NY -July, 9, 2009 - Statement from State Police ChiefInspector, Colonel Anthony Ellis regarding Town of Wilson hazinginvestigation:
"Allegations were made by Mr. Mike Paul, that the State Policeconducted the investigation into the Wilson hazing allegations inan inappropriate manner. As a result of Mr. Paul's allegations, athorough and exhaustive incident review was conducted. The reviewfound all investigative and police actions concerning this matterwere in accordance with State Police Rules and Regulations. Thereview concluded that a thorough and proper investigation wasconducted and the matter is now closed.
"State Police Investigators conducted a thorough and completeinvestigation into the Wilson hazing allegations. The arrests whichfollowed were based on probable cause. The investigative file,sworn statements of witnesses and victims were submitted to theNiagara County District Attorney, who accepted the State Policeinvestigation and proceeded with the case. This case was prosecutedaccording to the laws of the State of New York."
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