DA: Coach should be cited for harassment in ref altercation

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Posted: Jan 13, 2016 6:05 PM

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.

Heckler said there was no attempt to cause injury.

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.

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


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