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Geneva Middle School Principal DeFazio’s trial will begin in March

The trial of Geneva Middle School Principal John DeFazio Jr. has been scheduled.

According to the Finger Lakes Times, Judge Bill Hart set a March 29 date for proceedings to begin in the case against DeFazio Jr.

He’s accused of endangering the welfare of a child for an October 5 incident at the school.

Jury selection is expected to take several hours, if not the entire day. Testimony could take two days. That’s according to Assistant District Attorney Meghan Maslyn.


Details of the allegations and incident have not been released. The District Attorney’s office has declined to share the details with media to date.

In December, Joe Damelio, the attorney representing DeFazio said his client was the victim of a vendetta by students upset with his enforcement of the school district’s dress code and conduct policies.

“(The criminal allegation is) something that we look forward to resolving, and we look forward to coming to trial,” Damelio said last month. “He’s an educator who never, ever had any issues. No problems whatsoever. We think justice is going to be ultimately served in this case.”



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