The sexual assault trial of former Bellwood-Antis wrestling coach Ryan Blazier reached its end this afternoon.
After hearing closing arguments Friday morning, the jury has found Blazier guilty of the following charges; aggravated indecent assault of a victim under 16, institutional sexual assault, corruption of minors, and intimidation of a victim or a witness in a child abuse case.
Blazier faced sexual assault charges for taking advantage of two students while serving as a coach in the Bellwood-Antis School District.
He was also accused of the same improper actions involving a young girl but does not face charges for that alleged incident at this time.
The case featured several exchanges between defense attorney Thomas Dickey and prosecutors.
He repeatedly objected to District Attorney Pete Weeks and Assistant District Attorney Nichole Smith’s questions, claiming they were leading witnesses.
The jury and gallery were actually laughing at several points when Judge Daniel Milliron addressed the defense attorney, and scores of objections resulted in repeated approaches to the bench.
District Attorney Peter Weeks and Assistant District Attorney Nichole Smith issued the following joint statement, “We’re going to continue to treat this case as an open investigation in consultation with State Police. The investigation has been ongoing and will remain ongoing. We applaud what these victims did, the cost was their childhood. These were boys talking about another man abusing them. They had extraordinary courage to come and sit on their stand and address their predator.”
According to the district attorney’s office, they will be asking for the maximum sentence.