STOCKTON - Stockton Town Justice Otis Barber has set a calendar call date of Nov. 18 for the legal case involving Fredonia Village Trustee Joseph Cerrie.
Barber confirmed to the OBSERVER Saturday that he recently received the proper paperwork for the case after it was handed over to his court.
"I have sent a letter to the prosecuting attorney, Paul Webb, and the defense attorney, Mike Cerrie, scheduling this for Nov. 18," he said. "There is a motion that has come in the mail that may be discussed at court (today). I haven't heard from both attorneys yet ... so I'm not sure if anything will happen on the 21st (today) or not, but there is a motion from the defense attorney."
A calendar call is a meeting between the defense, prosecution and presiding judge of a legal case, at which time the case is set for a specific hearing or trial date.
Cerrie was charged with forcible touching by the Fredonia Police Department in July. In a press release, police alleged he touched a 28-year-old woman's breasts during his shift at a local bar. The woman's name was not released.
The case had been handed to Stockton's courthouse by Chautauqua County Court Judge John Ward on Sept. 30 after Fredonia Village Justice David Prince recused himself and the rest of his court from the matter in August, citing "provisions in the law." Prince also pointed out that Cerrie is part of a board that dictates wages in the village court.
Cerrie has served as village trustee for about 10 and a half years and is about two and a half years into his third term.
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