DA: Coach should be cited for harassment in ref altercation

BY foxsports • January 13, 2016

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) A Pennsylvania prosecutor says he recommends a harassment citation for a suburban Philadelphia high school coach who physically confronted a referee during a basketball game.

Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler announced the decision Wednesday in the case of Neshaminy High School coach Jerry Devine.

Devine was ejected after physically confronting a referee Jan. 5 after a foul call. He was suspended from his coaching duties, but was allowed to return to his teaching job this week.

Prosecutors said the count is punishable by a jail sentence of up to 90 days and a fine not to exceed $300, but Heckler said he does not expect any jail time.

Devine's phone rang unanswered Wednesday. A school district spokesman declined comment on the decision and said the coach's status remains unchanged.

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This story has been corrected to show the announcement was made on Wednesday, not Tuesday.


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