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Lockport principal’s child endangerment case shifted to North Tonawanda

LOCKPORT – The criminal case against North Park Junior High School principal James A. Snyder will be heard in North Tonawanda City Court, court officials said Thursday. His first appearance before Judge William R. Lewis is scheduled for Wednesday.

The child endangerment charges against Snyder were moved out of Lockport City Court last month after both city judges recused themselves, citing connections between their spouses and the Lockport City School District.

Snyder, 45, was arrested Aug. 9, after middle school girls who attended a pool party at Snyder’s house July 16 told Lockport detectives that he held one girl on his lap, kissing her shoulder and saying, “Hey, sexy,” and also threw a plastic bottle at his daughter.

The school district has refused to say if Snyder was suspended or placed on leave, but on Aug. 17 the Board of Education appointed Wesley Pickreign as “temporary acting principal” at North Park until Dec. 30.

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