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.

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

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