The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Friday, April 01, 2005  

More From Upstate New York

An update on the tattoo story from Norwich, N.Y., to which I referred three days ago, was published yesterday in the Daily Star, Oneonta, N.Y. (“Judge Sends Tattoo Case to Grand Jury,” by Mark Boshnack, March 31):

The case against a man and a teen who allegedly forcibly tattooed a vulgar phrase on a Norwich teen’s forehead will be heard by a Chenango County grand jury, possibly by spring.

The decision to send the case against Kenneth Donald Peer, 23, of South New Berlin and Travis Daniel Foster, 17, of Earlville to a grand jury was made by Norwich city Judge James Downey on Wednesday after a felony hearing.

The defendants were each charged Saturday with second-degree assault, a Class D felony, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, a Class E felony, and second-degree unlawfully dealing with a child, a misdemeanor.

The two pleaded innocent to the charges and were assigned attorneys before Wednesday’s hearing.

The alleged victim, Milton J. Romanowski Jr., 17, of Norwich, was the only witness called to testify.

The tattoo was visible as he walked into the courtroom wearing a blue jacket over a white T-shirt. The two defendants, in orange jumpsuits, sat near their attorneys throughout the joint proceeding.

The details of the attack, which Boshnack relays in considerable detail, are disturbing, as well as somewhat confusing and possibly contradictory. Regardless, if you’re interested in learning more about how cruel and stupid today’s young people can be (as if they weren’t always), take a look for yourself.

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