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Teen Charged with Assault at Whitehall School

The 18-year-old is accused of attacking a secretary and a nurse.

Christopher James Verdoni, an 18-year-old student at Wesley Spectrum Highland Services in Whitehall Borough, has been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and making terroristic threats from his actions at the school on Thursday morning, Whitehall police Deputy Chief Richard M. Danko said.

Danko said that Whitehall police officers responded to the Highland Services building at around 11:10 that morning. Two of the school's staff members—a nurse and a secretary—told police that they were injured there while attempting to control Verdoni.

The employees said that Verdoni punched one of them in the back of the head/neck area and threw the other against a wall, according to Danko.

Verdoni, who lives at 900 Manor Dr. in Collier Township, left the school's grounds on his own and was never found, Danko said, but police are charging him with his offenses via summons.

He is scheduled to appear in front of District Magistrate David J. Barton on Feb. 19. (UPDATE: Verdoni's charges were held for court. He then faced them at the Allegheny County Courthouse on April 8 and will move on to a pretrial conference at the county courthouse on May 10.)

Wesley Spectrum Services' Highland location is found along Caste Drive in Whitehall. The school offers special education for children and young adults with behavioral health issues. Those students come to Wesley from their local school districts.

Read through other Whitehall police items here.

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Bob and Jeanne December 05, 2012 at 01:56 PM
He was never found? Never? Have they found him yet? If this young man has issues and has already demonstrated what he can do ... why haven't the police picked him up? I understand he may have some learning disabilities but he is a danger to the community, is he not? When he is served with a summons and charged, etc. and appears before the magistrate ... will the charges be dropped as is the case with many people who go before the magistrate? Dropped, withdrawn charges. Just wondering.
Robert Edward Healy, III December 12, 2012 at 05:04 AM
UPDATE: Verdoni's preliminary hearing before Barton has been continued to Dec. 18.
Robert Edward Healy, III December 18, 2012 at 09:46 PM
UPDATE: Verdoni's preliminary hearing before Barton has been continued to Jan. 15.
Robert Edward Healy, III January 15, 2013 at 06:36 PM
UPDATE: Verdoni's preliminary hearing before Barton has been continued to Feb. 5.
Robert Edward Healy, III February 06, 2013 at 09:31 PM
UPDATE: Verdoni's preliminary hearing before Barton has been continued to Feb. 19.
Robert Edward Healy, III February 20, 2013 at 07:08 AM
UPDATE: Verdoni's charges were held for court. He will now face them at the Allegheny County Courthouse on April 8.
Robert Edward Healy, III April 10, 2013 at 03:15 AM
UPDATE: Verdoni will now have a pretrial conference at the county courthouse on May 10.
Robert Edward Healy, III May 13, 2013 at 02:42 AM
UPDATE: Verdoni will now have a non-jury trial starting on July 10.

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