Geneseo HS student charged with giving drugs to other players
Geneseo, N.Y. (WHAM) - The Geneseo High School student accused of providing three other players with prescription drugs before a football game last month has been charged.
Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian confirmed Friday afternoon that on September 22, the 16-year-old student took Oxycontin from their parent without the parent's knowledge or consent, then gave the pills to the other players.
The student is not being named at this time, but 13WHAM News can identify him as the son of a Geneseo Police officer.
The student is being charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, all Class A misdemeanors. He allegedly gave the pills to three other players, who were either 15 or 16 years old at the time.
"Young kid- we think a mistake was. We believe this charge was appropriate for this mistake," said Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian.
Osganian says the Livingston County Sheriff's Office also investigated the incident from the very beginning due to the player's relation to a Geneseo police officer. Osganian says the Sheriff's Office also recommended the charges.
"They were there for every interview, every statement, it was a joint investigation," Osganian said. "We concluded with them at the end with what charges would be appropriate, they recommended this charge as well."
At a recent meeting, Geneseo school officials told parents and students part of the reason for the school forfeiting the rest of the season is due to the nature of the alleged drugs involved. Osganian said that also played a role in deciding the charges.
"It's an opioid, it's a dangerous narcotic, we're using narcan every year saving people who are overdosing on opioids so it's a serious matter."
According to police, the student was processed and released. He is scheduled to appear in Geneseo Village Court on October 10.
As a result of the allegations, the varsity football team has forfeited the remainder of its season, according to Geneseo Superintendent Timothy Hayes. There were 21 students on the football team; seven of them were kicked off the team for the alleged drug use.
Kevin Van Allen, the attorney representing the accused student, said in a statement that his client "turned himself in to authorities"
"[The student] and his family are taking this matter very seriously," the statement continues. "The charges will be handled in the court system, and we ask that the media and the public respect the procedures that are in place. Besides these criminal charges, my client is facing severe school disciplinary proceedings and extremely intense peer and social consequences as a result of this incident. My client is a good young man with a bright future. I ask that we allow the criminal justice system to work, and respect that process and the privacy of my client and his family."
13WHAM did reach out to Geneseo Schools Superintendent Tim Hayes for comment on the lawyer's remarks, he denied to address the incident.