By John Burton
LITTLE SILVER — Though a Monmouth County grand jury declined to indict a Rumson man who was charged with assaulting a Red Bank baseball player, it doesn’t mean that his legal troubles are entirely over.
Patrick Maisto, 49, who was charged in connection with a brawl in April at Red Bank Regional High School, still must appear in municipal court on the charge.
Maisto is scheduled to appear on July 18 to answer a charge of simple assault, a disorderly person’s charge. Under the state statute, simple assault is defined as an “attempt to cause, or purposely or recklessly causes bodily injury to another.”
Charles Webster, public information officer for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, said Monday while the grand jury declined to issue an indictment against Maisto, “the municipal prosecutor could always choose to take it up on the local level.”
Maistro, a parent of an R-FH player, is alleged to have assaulted a player during game, resulting in a bench-clearing melee.
The charge was forwarded to the prosecutor’s office and on to the grand jury as a potentially indictable offense because it occurred during a sporting event and that minors were present, Little Silver Police Chief Daniel Shaffery said.