Wilson felony charges could be dropped

Wilson felony charges could be dropped

There are 48 comments on the WIVB Buffalo story from Aug 28, 2008, titled Wilson felony charges could be dropped. In it, WIVB Buffalo reports that:

The defendants faced a judge Thursday night in Wilson. Andrew Vona, Sidote's Attorney said, "My understanding is that some if not all of the original charges are going to be withdrawn, and in their place new ...

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Just Curious

Rochester, NY

#1 Aug 28, 2008
This whole incident is absolutely horrifying and NEVER should have happened!! All of those involved definitely need to be held accountable... which makes me wonder why the bus driver has not been mentioned.
I'm assuming the bus driver is an adult and ALL of the adults on that bus had the responsibility to protect each and every student. Was the driver not aware that there were students in the aisle (which alone is a safety issue)? Didn't the noise alert the driver to a commotion in the back of the bus? It sure is funny that bus drivers can see who is writing on the back of a seat, but this one was not aware of two students being attacked? It's my understanding that a bus driver is in total charge of each and every person on their bus. Did this driver even suggest to the other adults to see what was going on? Or better yet, why didn't the driver pull over when the commotion first started? If ALL of the adults on that bus were being responsible for those students (as they were suppose to be) this whole thing might not have happened!!!
I feel for the students who were to afraid to stop what was happening and my heart goes out to the victims and their families for having to live this nightmare.

“Go ahead, make my day.”

Since: Jul 07

Buffalo, NY

#2 Aug 28, 2008
All this concern for the perpetrators of these viscious crimes seems a bit misplaced; what about what the victims of these boys are going to have to go through for the rest of their lives?

The victims didn't ask for what happened to them!!!

This is not a time for the justice system in Niagara County to go wobbly and let these criminals off easy.

I hope the victims sue the hell out of the Wilson Central School District.
thats gross

Orchard Park, NY

#3 Aug 28, 2008
I missed alot of this story, where the students that took part in the attacks charged? And with what? I feel so bad for these boys, Ive never heard of initiating by sodomizing. Sad world these days
Facts vs Myths

Alden, NY

#4 Aug 28, 2008
Prosecutors in Niagara County don't drop charges like this if they have the evidence to prove their case. What happened here? Why were these charges placed initially without a thorough investigation? I am not dismissing that these victims did tolerate hazing of some sort but how did these charges get so out of control in the first place, and now the defendents have to prove their innocence and live with this cloud of suspicion over their heads.
YaYaHood

Buffalo, NY

#5 Aug 28, 2008
Hm.. I said from the beginning, youthful offender status, 6 mos. comp with dismissal.
Not that I agree with it, charge these idiots as the rapists they are as far as I'm concerned. But, the laws aren't based on what we feel to be right.
Were these boys raped? I think so.
But, it's really all about who has the better lawyer, and what judge you happen to get.
Judge Jury Trial

Dunkirk, NY

#6 Aug 28, 2008
The victims had cellular phones shoved in their rectums and then the offenders thought that it would be funny and decided to call the phones that were lodged inside of the victims. SICK, SICK kids that should be prosecuted to the fullest extent, not given the "kids gloves" treatment.
Why not

Atlanta, GA

#8 Aug 29, 2008
Yukanawa Foneass wrote:
f all of you these gentlemen are innocent!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha so get Fucke_d and dont run the name of my town through the mud again.
Sounds like you just did Loser
For real

Buffalo, NY

#9 Aug 29, 2008
Did you see the look on those punks faces?
This is just the beginning of the criminal lifestyles they are going to live.
Their lawyers were just lying through their teeth!!

“Go ahead, make my day.”

Since: Jul 07

Buffalo, NY

#10 Aug 29, 2008
All this concern for the perpetrators of these vicious crimes seems a bit misplaced; what about what the victims of these boys are going to have to go through for the rest of their lives?
The victims didn't ask for what happened to them!!!
This is not a time for the justice system in Niagara County to go wobbly and let these criminals off easy.
I hope the victims sue the hell out of the Wilson Central School District.
Louise

Buffalo, NY

#11 Aug 29, 2008
Don't you people pay attention. There was no sodomy! Watch the ESPN story and listen carefully. They did not remove his pants. Watch and see if it all doesn't come down to good old money. No one knows the true story but those involved. Let the court system do their job. If there is no evidence to support the accusations then how can some one be charged for something that didn't happen. I'm sure if it had been one of your kids caught up in an out of control situation all your opinions would be a little bit different. And before you start about "not my kid" remember again, NEVER SAY NEVER people.

“Go ahead, make my day.”

Since: Jul 07

Buffalo, NY

#12 Aug 29, 2008
"Felony charges of Aggravated Sexual Abuse (defined as the forcible penetration of an object into a person's body cavity) and Endangering the Welfare of a Child (a misdemeanor) were filed against the three defendants by New York State Police. During an appearance by the three defendants in Wilson Town Court Thursday night, Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Robert Zucco asked the judge for an adjournment in contemplation charges will be "re-filed" Zucco left Wilson Town Court before Two on Your Side could ask him to confirm why his office seeks to file different charges and what they might be.

However, lawyers for the two 16 year old defendants told Two on Your Side they believe the DA's subsequent investigation into the case lead prosecutors to the conclusion they did not have the evidence to sustain the most serious charge against their clients."-WGRZ

If this is true, what took the Niagara County DA's office four months to come to the possible conclusion that there might not be enough evidence to convict these perpetrators of the more serious charge of Felony Aggravated Sexual Abuse???

I had no idea that medical professionals take four months to determine whether or not a person has been raped!!!:-)
wendt

Buffalo, NY

#13 Aug 29, 2008
What lawyer involved in such serious allegations dares to say the old phrase of the sexists 70's...BOYS WILL BE BOYS!
What does that mean here..that boys can shove anything up your butt and slap you crazy and because they have , X AND Y chromosomes..they get a free pass on crime?
I think the lawyer needs sensitivity education...not the fist time he has acted like this was just playful rough housing with no sexual overtones..with future ramifications for everyone involved.
It looks like the lawyer may have had some issues with this behavior in his youth...bet you!
king of op

East Aurora, NY

#14 Aug 29, 2008
funny.....still haven't shown any proof of this incident happening.
i seen the pictures of the allegded violators. when i was in 8th grade i could have beaten the living hell out of all three of them . they look as tough as wet tioilet paper .
this story is a freaking crock of shit.
i still think they are all lying.
For real

Buffalo, NY

#15 Aug 29, 2008
king of op wrote:
funny.....still haven't shown any proof of this incident happening.
i seen the pictures of the allegded violators. when i was in 8th grade i could have beaten the living hell out of all three of them . they look as tough as wet tioilet paper .
this story is a freaking crock of ****.
i still think they are all lying.
I think you're a King of SShit!
You actually think this is all made up?!
You would probably get turned on if you saw it.
Keep your mouth shut!

“Go ahead, make my day.”

Since: Jul 07

Buffalo, NY

#16 Aug 29, 2008
Well, when Wilson Central School taxpayers have to fork over millions to pay the penalty for a well-earned lawsuit, I'm sure Superintendent Wendt's contract won't be renewed. I wonder if he will put that on his resume!!!

“Go ahead, make my day.”

Since: Jul 07

Buffalo, NY

#17 Aug 29, 2008
commonsense wrote:
"I am disgusted that there were problems beforehand and when the victim reported the bullying, he was the one penalized and they did nothing to protect him.
The principal, school board, superintendent, etc. need to be held accountable for not protecting the victim(s) when he needed help.
I am not very proud of where I live and am glad that my nieces and nephews do not live anywhere near here. Wilson Central school district needs MAJOR changes in Zero Tolerance when it comes to any type of abuse, verbal or physical.
I am very ashamed of the district. They did NOTHING last yr. when they KNEW what was going on.
I hope the victims sue everyone involved big time and that the bullies are marked as sexual offenders for life. They did the crime........ they need to do the time and pay for their actions. SHAME ON WILSON SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THE BULLIES PARENTS."

Yes, I quite agree, and hopefully the taxpayers of Wilson will rid themselves of the superintendent, the principal, and the school board members; none of those people are protected by disgusting unions, like those negligent teachers are!!!

After all, it is the taxpayers of Wilson who will be footing the bill here for the negligence, stupidity and down-right nauseating closing of ranks to protect one another amongst these employees!!!
Denise

East Hampton, CT

#18 Aug 29, 2008
Are we losing signt of the victims here. Let's remember what they have to live with the rest of thier lives
king of op

East Aurora, NY

#19 Aug 29, 2008
For real wrote:
<quoted text>
I think you're a King of SShit!
You actually think this is all made up?!
You would probably get turned on if you saw it.
Keep your mouth shut!
sorry not into little boys .
why are you so offeneded ?? have some molester experience yourself ???
they say there's video of it . well where is it ?
those three couldn't hold down a potato bug .
this is a bunch of lies . until i see proof i'll never believe it .
the guilty would be in jail not on the streets .
more kids crying for attention because they were "hazed"
what a crock of a story . i'm sorry . i just don't believe it . i didn't bbelieve it from day one and never will .
lkllll

United States

#20 Aug 29, 2008
Outrageous - these boys should be punished not let off easy. Deplorable judgement by the prosecutors.
MORE ACCURATELY

East Amherst, NY

#21 Aug 29, 2008
"Niagara County District Attorney Michael Violante has downgraded the charges against three Wilson High School students involved in an incident of alleged sexual abuse earlier this year.
The charges stemmed from an incident last April in which three varsity baseball players hazed and sexually assaulted several junior varsity players on a bus ride home from an away game.
The charges were downgraded to misdemeanors because Violante's office did not have sufficient evidence to support the felony charge. Additional misdemeanor and violation charges of hazing were also filed against the defendants.
A press release from Violante's office states that the new charges "MORE ACCURATELY REFLECT THE FACTS AS WE NOW BELIEVE them and will facilitate our prosecution of these chrages." Neither Violante nor his staff were available for further comment."

http://www.wgrz.com/news/local/story.aspx...

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