LOCKPORT – Both Lockport City Court judges have recused themselves in the case of Lockport middle school principal James A. Snyder, arrested last week on two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Ryan K. Parisi said the two judges, William J. Watson and Thomas M. DiMillo, ruled themselves out of presiding over the case.
“Apparently, each one of their spouses have some connection with the school district,” said attorney Charles J. Naughton, who accompanied Snyder during a brief City Court appearance on Monday.
Snyder pleaded not guilty and was released on his own recognizance. The case was sent to Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon, who will choose another municipality where the case can be handled.
Snyder, 45, principal of North Park Middle School, was accused of holding a middle-school girl on his lap, kissing her shoulder and saying, “Hey, sexy,” and also of throwing a plastic bottle at his daughter. The incidents allegedly occurred during a pool party at his home July 16.