STOCKTON - A plea has been entered in the legal case for Fredonia Village Trustee Joseph Cerrie, and according to prosecuting attorney Paul Webb, the original misdemeanor charge Cerrie is facing may be lowered to a lesser offense, such as a violation or infraction.
Before a hearing on the case was held last week, Webb told the OBSERVER in a phone interview that Cerrie had entered a plea to the forcible touching charge against him, but that plea is "being held within the court at this point."
"He is on interim probation and, depending on if he cooperates with that probation, the original misdemeanor charge may be lowered," Webb said.
"We will be holding another calendar call in about six months to hear a report back on it," he continued.
Interim probation supervision, according to an official at the Chautauqua County Probation Office, means a probation officer will keep tabs on Cerrie while his case is pending in court.
After the hearing, Stockton Town Justice Otis Barber, the presiding judge in the case, confirmed in a phone interview with the OBSERVER what Webb had stated.
Barber will retire from his position as town justice after his current term ends on Dec. 31, which means his successor, Mark Cunningham, will preside over the Cerrie case from that point on.
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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