District Attorney Recommends Harassment Charge for Coach Involved in Physical Confrontation With Ref

A local high school basketball coach caught on camera involved in a physical altercation with a referee could face up to 90 days in jail for harassment.

Neshaminy High School coach Jerry Devine was caught on camera last week appearing to head-butt a referee toward the end of a game at the school.

On Wednesday, Bucks County District Attorney David W. Heckler recommended that the Middletown Township Police Department file a non-traffic citation charging Devine with the summary offense of harassment.

According to a statement released by Heckler’s office, harassment is punishable by a jail sentence of up to 90 days, but Heckler said jail time is unlikely. Heckler said there was no attempt to cause injury.

The incident occurred toward the end of the Neshaminy game against Pennsbury High School.

Following a call that went against him team, Devine walked onto the court and appeared to head-butt a referee, knocking the ref to the ground. Devine was then thrown out of the game.

On Tuesday, the Neshaminy School District said Devine would resume his teaching duties at the school effective immediately. However, he remains indefinitely suspended as head coach.

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