Authorities have filed felony assault charges against a retired businessman accused of attacking a Hollidaysburg School Board member.
66-year-old Byron Lasser was arraigned Tuesday on two felony counts of aggravated assault and two counts of misdemeanor simple assault. The charges stem from an altercation in Hollidaysburg last week following graduation ceremonies at the high school football Stadium.
Witnesses say Lasser bull-rushed school board vice-president Darlee Sill, grabbed him by the lapel of his suit jacket and then shoved him.
Lasser has accused Sill of making an obscene gesture toward him – an allegation that Sill denies.
Sill suffered a knee injury in the incident.
Lasser faces felony charges because Sill is an elected public official who was serving in that capacity when the attack occurred.
Lasser was released from custody on $25,000 unsecured bond. He faces a preliminary hearing next Tuesday.