September 13, 2013

No punishment for man in Reiche school case

By Scott Dolan sdolan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

PORTLAND — A disorderly conduct charge against a Portland man once accused of threatening children at the Reiche Community School was discharged Friday and more serious charges were dismissed.

Derek Weeks, 33, had pleaded guilty in May to disorderly conduct as part of a plea agreement under which charges of criminal threatening and interfering with constitutional rights were dismissed.

Judge E. Mary Kelly discharged the disorderly conduct charge without conditions. Such a discharge means Weeks was not penalized beyond the conviction on his record.

The charges against Weeks stemmed from a Feb. 13 incident outside the 166 Brackett St. school while he was picking up his daughter.

Weeks was accused of making a gun gesture with his hand, and telling children on the playground they shouldn't be playing there because they are black.

Cumberland County District Attorney Stephanie Anderson said previously that as part of the plea agreement in May, sentencing was delayed to allow Weeks’ daughter to finish the school year and for him to enroll her in another school. Weeks wrote a letter to the children apologizing for his actions.

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