By JORDAN CRAVENS
FINDLAY, OH (FINDLAY COURIER) - An 11-year-old Findlay boy, accused of assaulting a Glenwood Middle School student who is a male cheerleader, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Tuesday and was placed on probation.
The boy, who was identified only by his first name, D'on, during an appearance on national television, pleaded guilty to assault, a first-degree misdemeanor, in Hancock County Juvenile Court.
The charge was reduced from felonious assault, a second-degree felony, according to Juvenile Judge Allan Davis.
The boy was sentenced to probation for an indefinite period of time, and is not to associate with the victim, Tyler Wilson, who is now 12.
D'on and another 11-year-old boy were both charged with assault following an after-school fight on Aug. 31 at Glenwood, which resulted in Wilson's arm being broken.
The Courier typically does not identify juveniles charged with crimes, but D'on's first name was used on "Dr. Phil" when he and his mother appeared on the television show to tell his side of the story.
Wilson and his mother, Kristy Wilson, appeared on "Good Morning America." Kristy Wilson has alleged the boys assaulted and bullied her son because he was a cheerleader for Flag City Youth Cheerleading.
As part of his sentence, D'on was fined $100 and was ordered to cooperate with a pending case against the other boy, who is charged with a first-degree misdemeanor, Davis said.
"I think it's very sad they actually chose not to punish this kid," Kristy Wilson said of the sentence.
"This kid has not owned up to what he did to my son," she said. "He hasn't even apologized to my son."
D'on's attorney, Aaron Ried, an assistant Hancock County public defender, said the allegation of bullying did not come up much in Tuesday's court hearing, although it was mentioned in a police officer's report of the incident.
"I didn't sense that this was D'on acting as a bully as much as it was just a bunch of boys fighting," Ried said.
"I am not saying that D'on was not in the wrong. He came to court and admitted to the offense," Ried said.
Attempts to reach D'on's mother Tuesday were unsuccessful. She and her son denied the altercation had anything to do with Tyler being a cheerleader when they appeared on "Dr. Phil."
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