HOWELL, N.J. – The high school hockey referee who contends he was attacked by parents following a game at Howell Ice World on Sunday has filed charges in court, his lawyer said.
Richard P. Lomurro, of Lomurro Law Trial Lawyers, confirmed Thursday that his client, referee David Brown, has filed assault charges against the two parents the 45-year-old hockey official says “attacked” him following Sunday’s game between Howell and Manalapan high school students.
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Howell police Thursday concluded their investigation and found that the incident “does not support criminal complaints being filed by the Howell Township Police Department. All involved parties have been referred to the Howell Township Municipal Court to sign criminal complaints at their discretion.”
The police said in a public statement that it found that “the offense committed is titled a ‘simple assault’ under New Jersey law” and does not rise to a level where the police would be able to make an arrest.
A fourth-degree offense carries a maximum penalty of up to 18 months in prison, which is rarely given to first-time defendants. A simple-assault charge has a penalty of up to $1,000. The defendant can also be ordered to pay restitution to the victim.
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The names of the parents, whose children played in the game, and details of the complaints have not been released by Howell Municipal Court Judge Susan Schroeder Clark. Rosemary O’Donnell, the court administrator, said the charges will not be released until the judge makes a probable-cause ruling on the complaints.
Lomurro was also unable to comment on the injuries allegedly suffered by his client, though he did say Brown went to a hospital following Sunday’s incident and has sought further medical attention.
“The allegations that Mr. Brown was in any way an instigator in the fight is completely false, and we will be vigorously defending any claims against him,” Lomurro said.
No charges have been filed against Brown, according to Lomurro.