Teen pleads guilty in Cardinals laser case

2013-01-04T01:00:00Z 2013-01-05T00:50:06Z Teen pleads guilty in Cardinals laser caseBy Christine Byers cbyers@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8087 stltoday.com

ST. LOUIS • If Eric Bogard remains on good behavior through mid-June, the public record of his arrest for aiming a laser pointer at a ballplayer during a Cardinals game will be erased. If he gets into trouble during that time, he could face jail and a permanent record, under terms of his probation.

Bogard, then 17, was identified by team manager Mike Matheny as having pointed a green laser from a Busch Stadium suite at a San Francisco Giants pitcher during the seventh inning of a game Aug. 5. His arrest caused a stir that contrasted with the quiet disposition of the case last month.

He pleaded guilty in municipal court Dec. 14 of disturbing the peace at an athletic event and was sentenced to serve six months on probation, complete 20 hours of community service and pay the Cardinals $500 in reimbursement for costs. Under terms of the suspended imposition of sentence, his record would become accessible only to law enforcement.

As part of an agreement with the city counselor’s office, a separate charge under an ordinance regulating use of lasers was dropped. The peace disturbance charge carried a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and a fine up to $500.

Bogard’s attorney, Joel Schwartz, said the situation was resolved “extremely fairly.”

“Mr. Bogard regrets his behavior and he wasn’t the one who actually did most of the harassing nor disturbing the peace with the laser,” Schwartz said, without naming names. “It was the young man who brought the laser and disposed of it, which was not Bogard.”

Schwartz said his client did shine the laser onto the field and realized it was “an extreme error in judgment.”

Michael Garvin, of the city counselor’s office, said the baseball organization was pleased with the terms.

“We cleared it with the Cardinals,” he explained. “It was their event that was disrupted.”

Cardinals spokesman Ron Watermon declined comment Thursday.

The night of the incident, Bogard was one of several teens police encountered in a suite owned by Mercy Health. Officers discovered unauthorized containers of alcohol and said the suite’s contact person, Marie Glancy, then an executive for Mercy Health, was “uncooperative.”

Glancy was never criminally charged, but resigned from her post with Mercy five days later. According to Missouri state documents, Glancy formed a health care consulting firm, Glancy Group LLC, on Aug. 29. A Mercy spokeswoman said it was not among her clients.

Christine Byers is a crime reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Follow her on Twitter

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