STOCKTON - Fredonia Village Trustee Joseph Cerrie has been referred to probation while he awaits a new hearing date for his legal case.
Stockton Town Justice Otis Barber, the presiding judge for the case, recently confirmed to the OBSERVER that a tentative hearing date for Monday has been reached.
"We don't have a disposition on Mr. Cerrie, yet. He's been referred to probation and the case has been adjourned and his next court date is, tentatively, Dec. 16, if the prosecutor can be available then. That's where we're at; nothing has been resolved yet," Barber said.
According to an official at the Chautauqua County Probation Office, Cerrie being referred to probation means the office will simply keep tabs on him while the case is pending in court. That supervision mainly entails ensuring the next court appearance.
Cerrie's case had been adjourned before a calendar call on Nov. 18 could be held. At that time, Barber said the prosecuting attorney, Paul Webb, had a conflict and was not able to prosecute the case on that 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.
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