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Lawyer: Reddish Was 'Viciously Assaulted' by Accuser's Brother

A fight took place at Patterson Mill High School two days after a 14-year-old girl said she had been raped by the junior football player.

Kyle Reddish, the 16-year-old junior charged with Sept. 17, was “viciously assaulted” two days later by the girl’s brother, the attorney for Reddish told Patch.

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“[Reddish] was sent to the hospital,” attorney Bill Blackford said by telephone Saturday. “He was beaten about the head and the face. That’s what I saw. I know he’s got stitches.”

Blackford said Reddish was being "escorted" Monday after the 14-year-old girl's father alerted school administrators that his son intended to attack Reddish. Reddish was attacked when his "escorts" left his side, Blackford said.

 spokeswoman Teri Kranefeld would not confirm whether administrators issued Reddish an escort that day.

"I can’t talk about that because it [makes students] personally identifiable and because this is an open investigation," Kranefeld said.

A report from 10:30 a.m. Sept. 19 at Patterson Mill High School details a fight in which a male student was hospitalized after he was allegedly assaulted by another male student.

Click on photo to read the full report from the fight.

The report does not name the suspect or victim in the fight because both are younger than 18 and Kranefeld could not confirm the identities either because of their ages.

Blackford, however, said Reddish was assaulted Monday at Patterson Mill High School. There are no other records of police calls to the school that day. 

According to the police report, the suspect in the fight, who was charged with first- and second-degree assault and disturbing school operations, “lifts [the victim] up and slams him on the floor,” as seen on a security camera. The victim is listed as being born in July 1995, the same month and year as Reddish’s birthday.

The deputy saw the victim before he was transported to . He was “on his hands and knees, blood on his face, right arm and hand, being assisted by the school nurse,” who requested an ambulance for the victim. The victim was also described in the report as having “a laceration to his right ear, swelling on the right side of his face, and swelling on the left side of his forehead.”

"The student that was involved has been appropriately disciplined," Kranefeld said of the suspect.

Blackford declined to answer questions .

“We’re not going to try the case in the press. We’ll prepare a vigorous defense to the case. Right now I think that’s about all we can say,” Blackford said. “This is having cascading effects on multiple lives.”

Eric bel air September 30, 2011 at 04:15 PM
xoxo, you have quite a few assumptions and you really have no idea who I am do you? My main point was there is a BIG difference in Brandon Nance being charged as an adult and the assaulter of Kyle Reddish being charged as a juvenile. So before you write a sarcastic reply to me- read the article that was linked. From the article and I quote: "Cockerham said Nance has no criminal history, no drug or alcohol problem and is missing school while sitting in the Harford County Detention Center. "This is his first altercation ever," Cockerham said, adding he has no juvenile record." Also, the fight between Kyle and the brother WAS taped, if you bothered to read the police report. Sounds like someone else is the one who needs to get the facts straight.
Tom G September 30, 2011 at 07:10 PM
Sorry CB but there is always wiggle room. It's called a plea bargain. Laws are challenged every day, some with success and some not.
CB9678 October 01, 2011 at 12:30 AM
There is a plea bargin. When I refer to wiggle room I am talking about within what the law actually says. It actually spells out the circumstances which meet the charge of second degree rape. It also has a mandatory minimum for this felony!
Dave October 02, 2011 at 06:27 PM
As a father of two kids who attend PMHS, this story has peaked my interest and concerns me in several ways. I've used what I know (and my kids seem to know a lot more) to make this as a educational tool for them. A couple of questions keep running though my head, so anyone who might know the answers, I would greatly appreciate it. If this case goes to court. Would it be in open court or closed, since the alledged victim is a minor and the suspect is charged as an adult? Assuming it is open court, would underage wittnesses be protected in some way? One final note. The whole underage drinking thing bothers me so much. All judgements are clouded when drinking is involved. If everyone admits to drinking, is there ever a way to get a real answer for this? One thing is for sure. Two families lives are changed forever, no matter what the outcome, and that break my heart. Young people on both ends are home living in fear as to what will happen next.
CB9678 October 03, 2011 at 12:48 AM
It would be open court however the judge can remove or clear uninterested parties from the room if he sees the need to. As to protection for the minor witnesses the protection they would get is thier own lawyers if they choose to get them or the judge appoints them one.
William Blackford October 03, 2011 at 04:26 PM
To whom it may concern: This office represents Mr. Kyle Reddish (as disclosed it the article). Given the volume and content of the comments associated with this news story, I request that, if you have personal knowledge of the persons or facts involved in this incident that you contact our office at (410) 647-6677 or email me directly at wblackford@bflawmd.com to provide any information you may have.
Phil Dirt October 03, 2011 at 04:46 PM
Or you can contact the office of the Harford County State's Attorney at 410-638-3500.
Dan October 03, 2011 at 05:14 PM
I don't think this case will ever make it to trial. They'll probably workout some kind of plea deal with probation and no jail time. I don't see how sending this 16 year old kid to jail would help anything or anyone, and not going to jail isn't him getting off scot-free. He'll probably have to be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life.
Leonard October 03, 2011 at 05:41 PM
I don't believe any of this would have happened if alcohol were not involved. I'd bet my bottom dollar Kyle had more than a nip too. These kids are always in a rush to grow up and do grown up things. You can't make a good desicion in in this life with less than 20 years life experience under the influence. for example, when to stop drinking. I can drink a small bottle of liquor in a day but not all at once. A little sip here a little sip there. Kids start to feel good and just get crazy and guzzle like that buzz is all that will come of it. Kyle knew that girl was too young but if he had a buzz he saw she was attractive and acted on a bad idea that he may not have done sober. (If he was drinking that is) And I suspect the little girl would not have risked getting caught by her parents with a boy in her room if she were not totally drunk either.
Leonard October 03, 2011 at 05:55 PM
Dan I've felt from the begining that I feel Kyle should have been charged as a juvinile. Throw the book at the boy as a juvinile, underaged drinking, the sex violations, I don't know get him for mooning her sister since she saw him with his pants were down, but putting his name out there like this has hurt both sides. more people than not know who the girl is now, who her brother is,and who her parents are, as well his parents and where they live.
Darla Garrett October 03, 2011 at 08:56 PM
Just some rape statistics because I have heard some really disturbing comments, stereotypes and myths about this story. 38% of rapists are a friend or an aquantanance. 44% of rape victims are under the age of 18. 60% of rapes go unreported. Ther are about 213,000 rapes in the US each year. Please visit www.rainn.org and educate yourselves on this subject.
Dave October 03, 2011 at 11:54 PM
Dan, I agree 100% with the adult charges. Wrong on many accounts. I really believe the TV coverage of the football game helped blow this story out of proportion. They had fresh footage of a suspect. If this were another kid in school, it may have not even been mentioned and I honestly feel it would have been juvenile charges. The 24 hour news cycle brought too much attention to this matter and it’s almost like the SA was flexing their muscle. Both families must be a mess right now. I could not imagine what is going there. Assuming there are a few kids on each side missing a lot of educational and growing time too, which is a shame. Everyone with kids, really should take note on this. I know people are charged as adults every day, but fact is, they are still kids. There should be some kind of protection n that says a 16 year old is being charged as an adult, and leave the name out until a trial. If they are found guilty, then release the name, otherwise, it remains a 16 year old. Our legal system will find the truth, but it Is going to take some time.
CB9678 October 04, 2011 at 12:41 AM
Dave as a 16 year old he has protection against adult crimes. If this was Texas they would be getting a needle ready for him if he was not so young. Sorry adult crime....adult time and rules. His age is not relevent. As has been asked before would it be OK to put a 30 year olds name in the paper if he was being accused and was innocent?
CB9678 October 04, 2011 at 12:42 AM
Also keep in mind if the name was not in the paper the name and address would still appear in the judicial case tracker!
Dave October 04, 2011 at 12:56 AM
CB9678. Thank for the insight. Being someone who has never had to deal with anything bigger than a traffic violation (which is showing as closed on me). I still wish names were protected some until a conviction, 16, 30 or 74. Maybe I am odd, but it makes it hard to thunk innocent until proven guilty. But I do respect the law.
CB9678 October 04, 2011 at 01:25 AM
The alternative is secret trials as they had in Britian before independnece! Our judicial process is open for a reason.
Brad Gerick October 05, 2011 at 02:00 PM
This story has been updated: http://patch.com/A-m94Z -BG
Husky Mom October 09, 2011 at 02:14 AM
The school has done NOTHING about this situation...no contact with parents, nothing said to the students, nothing extra to keep the child who attacked Reddish away from school grounds after school hours...THAT is ridiculous
CB9678 October 09, 2011 at 12:03 PM
Do you think it is the schools job to handle this? No this is not there job is to educate your student. Not to keep you appraised of a situation that is not theres to tell.
Husky Mom October 09, 2011 at 08:01 PM
CB9678~ yes, I do believe it is the school's responsibility to keep me informed about the safety of the school environment and it IS their responsibility to keep a violent child, who is not supposed to be on school grounds at all~ off school grounds or call the police to do so....If it's not the schools job to keep my child safe when they are there, whose do you think it is??
CB9678 October 09, 2011 at 08:22 PM
Saftey at school is there responsibility but they do not have to send you a letter detialing how they are dealing with the whole incident. That is none of their buisness!
Husky Mom October 09, 2011 at 08:28 PM
CB9678~ That's exactly what I said is their responsibility, but they are becoming involved with something that didn't happen at school already...why isn't Kyle attending school right now?? I understand he can't play football, because he was caught drinking, but why can't he attend school?? This wasn't a school event, nor take place at school...but isn't the school not allowing him to return?? hmmm.... again, I have a right to know that my own child is safe while in their care at school and how it is being dealt with...especially since there are children from 6th-12th grade there and a child who violently jumped another from behind, after being warned that it was going to happen by an adult (child's father) gives me the right as a parent to question the safety of the building for my own child. Where was the resource policeman/woman when this happened??? Who is making sure that the child who did the assaulting is not on school grounds? Apparently, no one, since he has been seen there on several occasions after school.... THIS is what the school needs to handle, not the case between Kyle and "the girl"
CB9678 October 10, 2011 at 12:15 AM
WHy isn't he???? If you read your calendar you got with the BOE rules you would know that if a student is charged with a crime and it can be shown that his preseence is a substantive disruption to the education of other students, which this fight demonstrated, then he or she may be removed from their school to alt ed. That is why. Again you wanted the resource officer right there for Kyle. Well if he and several teachers have to escort the young man around the building then he is taking people away from their job. What if the resource officer was needed somewhere else. Removing Kyle allows people to do their actual job and not babysit an alledged Felon!
scurvyfinkle October 27, 2011 at 08:23 PM
Innocent or guilty? Couldn't say i wasn't there. But either way his name is ruined. The public has there opinion and regardless of the outcome it won't sway what ppl think of him. If he's guilty he deserves what he gets. But if he is innocent it won't really matter will it you folks will continue on with it. In the public eye he will always be that kicker who raped some girl after the winning kick. Once accused in public that never leaves.
Dave November 05, 2011 at 01:25 AM
just saw this...on the case information page.. Event Type: ArraignmentNotice Date: Event Date: 11/07/2011Event Time:01:30 PM Result: Cancelled/VacatedResult Date:11/01/2011 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Event Type: Scheduling ConferenceNotice Date:11/02/2011 Event Date: 11/28/2011Event Time:08:30 AM Result: Result Date: What's it mean?
HappieGrannie November 06, 2011 at 12:36 PM
Dave sounds like it may have come down to Plea barginning
Karl Schuub November 06, 2011 at 05:03 PM
I withhold judgment. If both of these kids were drunk at the time then nobody had good judgement. I'm not willing to throw this boy under the bus and participate in ruining his life based upon the word of a drunken 14 year old girl. I suspect there's much more to this.
Hollee Sifford November 06, 2011 at 05:19 PM
Well if I am correct tomorrow is the scheduled court date for young Reddish?I am sure it will be one of many appearences for him.I for one hope justice is done...which ever way it goes I am sure ALL pertinent info will bring un answered questions to the fore front.
Husky Mom November 06, 2011 at 06:06 PM
I believe the trial for tomorrow has been cancelled for tomorrow, according to circuit court records.
Andy Eisner December 30, 2011 at 03:30 PM
Great comment! While my kids are grown, I am astonished at how this kid escapes prosecution in any degree. My daughter was sent home for wearing jeans with a rip in the leg. She either went home to change or faced suspension for violating the school policy! While I know no one who is affiliated with this case, after reading all the comments I agree with each and everyone to a degree. The beating (if you or I did it) would be a first degree assault charge, and would be on our records for life! Not to mention this happened in a school and nothing is done. If I were the victims father, rest assured I would be on the phone with my lawyer and suing Harford County and their school board! The school's cop (sorry but the sheriffs dept is another whole ball of wax) is a joke. What a job, great pay, hanging out in school all day and dealing with such petty issues. Then when a real adult crime shows up they completely drop the ball. He/she must have been citing someone for truancy or smoking.

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