Wednesday, July 30, 2003

D.A. BROWN: ST. JOHN'S UNIVERSITY BASKETBALL PLAYER ORDERED TO PERFORM COMMUNITY SERVICE AND RECEIVE ANGER MANAGEMENT COUNSELING IN DISPOSITION OF CASE INVOLVING PHYSICAL ATTACK ON FEMALE STUDENT

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown today announced that a St. John’s University basketball player has been ordered to perform community service and receive anger management counseling in the disposition of a case that involved a physical attack on a female student in an on-campus residence.

District Attorney Brown said, “The defendant, a first offender, has been held accountable for his conduct and has accepted responsibility for his violent behavior. The court has imposed an appropriate sanction that includes an order of protection for the victim and anger management training and community service for the defendant that will reinforce to him the importance of controlling his emotions.”

District Attorney Brown identified the defendant as Grady Reynolds, 22, of 216 Bland Avenue in Abbeville, Alabama, a member of the University’s basketball team who resides at the Hollis Hall dormitory at 80-00 Utopia Parkway on the university’s campus.

Queens Criminal Court Judge Pauline A. Mullings earlier today adjourned the case in contemplation of dismissal. Under the terms of the disposition, the charge of misdemeanor assault will be automatically dismissed in six months if the defendant is not arrested again within that time period.

Judge Mullings ordered the defendant to attend a five-week anger management program and to also perform five days of community service for the New York City Parks Department in which he must work seven hours each day.

District Attorney Brown said that the victim and her family were consulted about the disposition and expressed support for the outcome.

According to the criminal charges, on November 17, 2002 about 2 a.m. inside Hollis Hall the defendant grabbed the complainant, Rachel Seager, 20, lifted her off the floor, pushed her into a wall twice, causing her head to hit the wall, and then threw her to the floor, causing her to sustain injuries to her leg and knee.

Assistant District Attorney Robert J. Hanophy, Jr., Deputy Chief, of the District Attorney's Criminal Court Bureau prosecuted the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Joan I. Ritter, Bureau Chief, and the overall supervision of Executive Assistant District Attorney for Trials James C. Quinn.