A teenager has been charged by Geneseo Police for distributing pills to high schoolers.
According to the Livingston County Sheriff, Tom Dougherty, Geneseo Police have charged a 16-year-old for allegedly distributing pills to the football team before a game two weeks ago.
The Geneseo Police Chief says that the teen has been charged with three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The teen was processed and released to appear in Geneseo Village Court on October 10.
Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian says the 16-year-old allegedly provided narcotic pills to three other 15 and 16-year-olds. Police are not releasing names because he has youthful offender eligibility.
The District Attorney’s Office will decide whether they convene to a grand jury.
In a press conference held by the Geneseo Central School District’s Superintendent Tim Hayes, held last week, Hayes said the players were dismissed from the team, causing the team to forfeit the rest of their season.
Chief Osganian said that one of the players allegedly took the pills from his parents without their knowledge and distributed them to other students before a Friday night football game.
The teen’s attorney, Kevin Van Allen, released the following statement:
My client turned himself in to authorities to face charges of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He and his family are taking this matter very seriously. The charges will be handled in the court system, and we ask that the media and the public respect the procedures that are in place. Besides these criminal charges, my client is facing severe school disciplinary proceedings and extremely intense peer and social consequences as a result of this incident. My client is a good young man with an unblemished record and a bright future ahead of him. I ask that we allow the criminal justice system to work, and respect that process and the privacy of my client and his family.
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