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February 16, 2015
Ex-Sayreville High School coach accepted into probation program for steroids charges
Charlie Garcia — the former assistant football coach at Sayreville War Memorial High School who has been indicted on steroid charges — was officially accepted in a pre-trial intervention program on Friday morning. His acceptance into the program was formalized before Somerset County Superior Court Judge Julie M. Marino Tuesday. Garcia was indicted on a third-degree charge of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and had previously pleaded not guilty If he successfully completes PTI, he will avoid any jail time and the charges will be dismissed. If not, he’ll be terminated from the program and his case will be returned to the courts. Under terms agreed to by Garcia’s attorney, Philip Nettl, and the prosecution, Garcia must spend 12 months in PTI. He must serve 50 hours of community service and pay a $1,250 fine. He’s also subject to random alcohol and drug testing and must not commit a crime. “I think it’s a fair result,” Nettl told NJ Advance Media. “The purpose of PTI is for people who aren’t expected to have any contact with the criminal justice system again and that fits Charlie to a tee. They’re never going to see his face again. “What we’re most pleased with is that this is over, it’s behind him. In 12 months, when he completes PTI, it’ll all be dismissed.” Garcia, 38, of South Plainfield, was arrested during a traffic stop on Route 22 in Bridgewater and charged with possession of steroids and possession of paraphernalia after a police search of his pickup. They found two boxes each with 400 mg of steroids, as well as 14 individually sealed and capped syringes, authorities have said. He later resigned from his position at the school. Nettl has insisted that Garcia didn’t sell or distributed any steroids to Sayreville High School football players or students. The school board also said it found no evidence he sold to players. “Everybody who knows Charlie knows what his reputation is and I don’t think this has tainted him in the minds of the people who know him best,” Nettl said. “He’s just looking forward to moving on with his life and his family.” Documents provided to NJ Advance Media after a public-records request show school officials reacted quickly to his arrest. About 10 minutes after the Bridgewater police chief sent Sayreville Superintendent Richard Labbe a police report detailing the steroid allegations, Labbe sent an email ordering Garcia to be fired. Garcia’s name surfaced Oct. 2 after the much-anticipated Sayreville-South Brunswick football game was canceled hours before kickoff. But school officials said the cancellation was not related to Garica’s legal situation. Officials later announced an investigation into alleged hazing incidents, and the cancellation of the entire football season. In November, authorities charged seven Sayreville football players for their alleged roles in a string of sexual assault and hazing incidents investigators say occurred during a 10-day span in September. http://www.nj.com/somerset/index.ssf/2015/02/ex-sayreville_coach_admitted_into_pre-trial_interv.html