BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ)— Former Bellwood-Antis wrestling coach was found guilty on a slew of charges stemming from a child abuse case in 2020.
Ryan Blazier, 31, was found guilty on aggravated indecent assault, institutional sexual assault, corruption of minors and intimidation of a witness in a child abuse case. In relation to a second boy, he was found guilty on charges of institutional sexual assault, corruption of minors and intimidation.
The district attorney said in a statement how brave the young boys were to come forward about the incident.
“I commend the victims and their families for their courage through all of this,” District Attorney Pete Weeks told WTAJ. “I don’t think I could have done what these boys had to go through. No one wanted to believe. No one wanted to hold Ryan Blazier accountable.”
Blazier’s attorney Thomas Dickey said while they were pleased that the jury found Blazier not guilty on 9 of the 16 counts against him, they are not happy he was found guilty on the remaining charges.
Dickey said he attacked the credibility of both victims and the not guilty verdict on the nine counts shows jurors had doubts about the one boy’s allegations and he commended the jury for their hard work. The jury deliberated about eight hours and that, along with the not guilty verdict on so many counts, shows the jury listened to his arguments snd took them into consideration during deliberations.
Dickey said he will be filing some appeals related to rulings that went against his client – both pretrial and during trial.
“He maintains his innocence and we’ll pursue every appeal, Dickey said. “Obviously, we’re happy with the not guilty verdicts.”
The jury listened to two weeks worth of testimony in two days because of how serious nature the incident was. They found Blazier “sexually assaulted both boys and threatened them if they came forward and told anyone what he did.”
Blazier still awaits another trial involving a young girl with similar charges. That case was separated from this trial and is still pending.
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BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — A trial is underway against a former Bellwood-Antis wrestling coach on charges of rape and assault at the Blair County Courthouse.
Ryan Blazier, 31, was arrested in February 2020 and accused of sexually abusing a young girl along with allegedly inappropriately touching three male wrestlers on school property.
The former junior high employee pleaded not guilty in March 2020 and was suspended from the school district.
Stick with WTAJ as this story will be updated when more information on the trial becomes available.
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