Since the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office made public the charges against a former basketball referee that allegedly sent inappropriate pictures of himself to underage girls, Chief Deputy Sheriff Darrell Crandall says they’ve received phone calls from more potential victims from around the county.
“It’s particularly disturbing,” said Crandall.
21-year-old Andrew Legassie was charged with two counts of indecent conduct on Friday. Sheriffs say he friended high school girls on Facebook that he met at basketball games he refereed. His conversations with the girls escalated to him sending pictures of himself performing sexual acts. Crandall will not reveal the name of the females or where it happened – but he calls it a significant breach of trust.
“With this information that’s been forced on them simply by clicking on something, they have to react in one way or another, and that’s just not fair,” said Crandall.
“It saddened us greatly to learn what we’ve learned,” said Harry Orser, rules interpreter for IAABO 150.
Orser says Legassie took the referee class in 2010, he did just one middle school game this year in December. Orser says that they had no knowledge of the situation until they were contacted by the school. He says they put all refs through a screening process – and he said at one point he thought Legasse was a strong prospect.
“First you may have the feeling of anger – what’s he doing to us, but you’ve gotta look at it realistically too, he’s a young kid and he’s kinda ruined his life,” said Orser.
Orser also expressed his sympathy to Legassie’s family and he says the board will learn from this. Legassie will appear in Fort Kent District Court on April 7th.