VIA THE CAPE COD TIMES ONLINE
By George Brennan
November 09, 2011
SANDWICH – A Sandwich High School football player is charged with assaulting a freshman player in a locker room incident Monday that continued outside the school.
Ty McGrath, 18, of Plymouth, a senior offensive and defensive lineman for the Blue Knights, was arraigned in Barnstable District Court Tuesday on two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shod foot and a broom stick handle) and was released on his personal recognizance. A pre-trial hearing was scheduled for Nov. 15.
The school is conducting its own investigation into the allegations, but the preliminary results show no indication this was a hazing incident, Supt. Charles “Richard” Canfield said today. If the school finds that the allegations are correct, McGrath would be removed from the football team, he said.
Court records show that McGrath allegedly entered the freshman locker room and approached the 15-year-old player. “(The freshman) thought at first this boy was playing but it turned violent quickly,” the police report states.
McGrath is accused of poking the boy with a broom stick in the back and chest area, police said. He also allegedly stuffed a brownie in the boy’s face “and told him to eat it because he was a big fat pig.”
The freshman, who police said feared for his safety, left the locker room and while he waited for a ride outside, McGrath approached him again, kicked him several times in the back before tossing him to the ground, records show. McGrath then picked him up, grabbed his neck and kneed him in the chest, the
According to the police report, McGrath admitted the assault saying he “wanted to mess with him.”
Terrance O’Connell, McGrath’s attorney, declined comment this morning.
School officials are taking the incident seriously, but are in the early stages of the investigation, Canfield said. “If there’s a determination of wrongdoing, appropriate action will be taken and that would include being removed from the team,” he said.
At the beginning of the season, Canfield said he addressed student athletes and told they are expected to show “leadership and character” on and off the field. â€œWe expect them to conduct themselves very appropriately,” he said. “We expect their conduct to be as good as it can be, knowing they are kids and they’re going to make mistakes.”
The alleged attack was not witnessed by coaches, Canfield said, though it is difficult for them to see everything that goes on in a locker room setting.