Ramapo Football Coach Acquitted of Assault Charges

On Monday Judge William Nelson acquitted a former head of football coach at Ramapo High School of charges that he assaulted a student. In October 2013, then 15-year old student Brandon Girault came forward with claims that Duffman Pannell had hit him in the head with a helmet when he became angered at a practice, causing a cut to open on the boy’s forehead and a concussion. According to Pannell’s lawyer, David Goldstein, the judge ruled that Girault’s testimony in the civil lawsuit his family filed, changed before the judge during the trial. Pannell was acquitted of a felony charge of second-degree assault and a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child. The former social studies and economics teacher, who lost his job after being accused, has asked for his teaching position back, but Defensive Coordinator Kevin Bullock was placed as the coach during Pannell’s absence.

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