Someone very close to the Cressy case messaged me and let me know that the criminal charges against Rick and Margie Cressy were dropped during a meeting between the Montgomery County ADA, the Cressy family, and their lawyer (they were represented by the Home School Legal Defense Association).
Rick and Margie Cressy made international news when Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department arrested them in January for failing to file adequate paperwork with the Fonda Fultonville School District, which is a state regulation, not a law. They were each charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of a child. The ADA opted to drop the criminal charges and refer the matter to family court, where the case has already been disposed of.
Talk about quiet! After all the media hoopla the Sheriff’s Office generated – particularly Bill Gilston – when the Cressy’s were arrested, you’d think they’d inform everyone that the charges have been dropped. Hah! Trina Darling at Examiner.com, who wrote the above, left a comment on one of my previous posts or I still wouldn’t know – and it’s not for lack of trying.
Not only did they avoid informing the media, they were careful to not let anyone know what was going on. After their initial hearing in January when the Cressy’s pleaded ‘not guilty,’ they were scheduled to appear in court again on March 18th. I was there – along with people from several other cases – but the Cressy’s weren’t. I finally asked the court clerk if they were going to appear, and she told me no. I asked when they had been re-scheduled for, and she claimed complete ignorance.
I’m glad that at least the criminal charges have been dropped. I hope it was done so quietly because Sheriff Mike Amato and Inv. Bill Gilston are ashamed of themselves. I hope they apologized to the Cressy’s.
Then again, I’m still hoping the Easter bunny brings me lots of chocolate.