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Sports Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, October 13, 2011

Ohea benched after arrest on multiple charges

By Jordan J. Michael

GUILDERLAND –– After playing in two football games following an arrest for second-degree burglary, petit larceny, and fourth-degree conspiracy on Sept. 22, Guilderland’s Houston Ohea, a senior, was out of the line-up against Albany last Thursday. He was on the bench, wearing a team jersey, not suited up for play.

This week, Athletic Director Wayne Bertrand said that Guilderland student athletes will be suspended for criminal acts, but some cases, like Ohea’s, go undetected because “no one comes forward,” he said.

While Ohea was charged with three crimes, he has not been convicted. Ohea couldn’t be reached for comment.

“It flew over our head, initially,” Bertrand said of Ohea’s arrest. “When we found out, we took care of it.”

Ohea, 17, was one of three people, including his older brother, Dimitri, who is accused of robbing $405 worth of property from a home at 42 Kraus Road on Aug. 8. The merchandise, which included an Xbox game system, was then pawned off at Crossgates Mall, according to the arrest report.

Guilderland Police Captain Curtis Cox said this week that Ohea and the others turned themselves in to police on Sept. 22. “Apparently, [Houston] Ohea was the lookout during the crime,” he said. “But, he gets all the charges because he was still part of the crime.”

The arrest report ran in the Sept. 29 edition of The Enterprise and there were some complaints at the Sept. 30 game at Colonie. People were wondering why Ohea was playing in the game.

Assistant Athletic Director Regan Johnson, who was at the game, said that neither he, nor the Guilderland coaches knew Ohea had been arrested. “If we knew, then he would not be playing,” Johnson said. “No way. It’s insulting to think that he would be playing if we knew.”

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