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Courtroom no-show causes delay

| Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, 1:06 a.m.

A young witness failed to show up for a Monday hearing for a White Oak man accused of ethnic intimidation and indecent exposure.

While five other youngsters and an adult were ready to testify, Magisterial District Judge Thomas Miller Jr. agreed to the prosecution's request to delay the hearing for William Paul Elyes, 54, until Jan. 6 at 1 p.m.

Elyes remains free on $3,000 bond pending the hearing on charges stemming from incidents on Dec. 3 and 4 at Bishop Playground, not far from his home.

According to a police affidavit both incidents occurred shortly after 5 p.m.

The affidavit quoted the adult witness as saying Elyes yelled obscenities at her, her children and other youngsters.

He allegedly threatened on both days to get his gun if the youngsters didn't stop playing basketball at the playground.

On Dec. 4, according to the affidavit, he pulled down his pants and exposed his private parts to children ages 9-18 at the playground.

He was arrested a short time later by White Oak police and charged with a felony count of ethnic intimidation and misdemeanor counts of harassment, disorderly conduct, terroristic threats, indecent exposure and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Assistant District Attorney Lee Goldfarb is prosecuting the case while Elyes is represented by Assistant Public Defender Sean Link.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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