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Daniel LaGrange

DERRY | A Pinkerton Academy student facing felony sexual assault charges will not be allowed to play football when the season starts.

Pinkerton Headmaster Mary Anderson announced last week that Daniel LaGrange, 17, of English Range Road in Derry, is "currently ineligible" to play school sports until "the outcome of his legal issues are completely finalized," citing the school's athletics policy.

LaGrange, who will be a senior in the fall, and Pinkerton junior Michael Mahoney, 17, of Amherst Drive in Derry, were arraigned in Derry District Court last week on charges that they sexually assaulted two 15-year-old girls during a sleepover at a Londonderry home last month. They are under house arrest pending the outcome of the case.

LaGrange's bail conditions would have allowed him to leave his home for football tryouts, which begin Aug. 8. He played for the team last year.

But Anderson, Dean of Students Charles Varney and Athletic Director Robert Royce decided he could not play while the court case is pending. The academy will re-evaluate its decision once the criminal case is resolved.

Pinkerton suspends students from playing sports if they violate a code of ethics, moral conduct or school rules, as well as for drinking, and using tobacco or drugs. Athletes are required to maintain "a record of acceptable and appropriate citizenship, character and personal conduct, both inside and outside the school environment."

Neither LaGrange nor Mahoney, who has not been involved in school sports, have been suspended or expelled from school. Anderson said unless the court sets additional stipulations or either student withdraws, both are on the student roster as active students.

LaGrange and Mahoney are scheduled to return to court on Aug. 13 for a probable cause hearing. They were both charged with one count each of a class A misdemeanor of statutory rape, which carries a jail sentence of up to a year, and a class B felony of aggravated felonious sexual assault, which carries a prison sentence of three and a half to seven years in prison.



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