DA to recommend summary harassment count for Pa. coach

    A prosecutor says he will recommend a summary harassment citation against a suburban Philadelphia high school coach who physically confronted a referee during a game.

    Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler announced the decision Tuesday in the case of Neshaminy High School coach Jerry Devine.

    Prosecutors said the count is punishable by a jail sentence of up to 90 days and a fine not to exceed $300, but Heckler said he does not expect any jail time.

    Devine was ejected after confronting a referee Jan. 5 after a foul call. He was suspended from his coaching duties but was allowed to return to his teaching job this week.

    Neshaminy School District spokesman Chris Stanley declined comment on the decision and said the coach’s status remains unchanged.

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