Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Winthrop hockey dad faces laser pointer charge
WINTHROP, Mass. -- A Massachusetts man accused of aiming a laser pointer into the eyes of the opposing goalie at his daughter's high school hockey game is facing criminal charges.
Authorities announced Tuesday that 42-year-old Joseph Cordes will be summoned to East Boston District Court to face a charge of disturbing the peace.
Police say Cordes pointed the light at the Medway/Ashland goalie during a Feb. 29 tournament game in Winthrop, north of Boston. He was ordered out of the arena by a school official.
Winthrop won 3-1, prompting a protest from the Medway/Ashland parents who asked that the game be replayed. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, the governing body of high school sports in the state, denied the appeal.
Cordes, who hasn't been arrested, told WBZ-TV he feels "like a complete jerk" and humiliated his daughter.
"It was very stupid, completely immature for a 42-year-old man to be doing that," he told the station. "My daughter, the humiliation I put her through is sickening, to tell you the truth."
Medway-Ashland goalie Kathryn Hamer said the laser did affect her play.
"It's kind of like when you look at the sun and then you look away you see that spot and you can't see for a couple of seconds. You shake your head and try to get it out of the system and just keep focusing, but it's difficult," she told WBZ-TV.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.