Ramapo Football Coach’s Assault Case Moved To December

The Ramapo High School varsity football coach who was accused last week of assaulting a player with a helmet, was seen in court on Tuesday. Duffman Pannell, a social studies teacher and coach at Ramapo High School is facing a felony count of second- degree assault and a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child, after 15- year old Brandon Girault filed a complaint with the police department stating that Pannell had hit him in the head with a football helmet at an October 21st practice, causing swelling and bleeding from his forehead above his left eye. According to Jerrod Miles, Girault’s lawyer, the Junior told him that the coach was angry that players had been fooling around at the practice. At the court appearance on Tuesday Judge Alan Simon granted prosecutors more time for investigations into the claims and the next appearance is set for December 10th. Pannell’s lawyer, David Goldstein stated that his stated that his client is not guilty and he is confident that the investigation will prove that.

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