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Men humiliated teens over beer

Two men — one of them a teacher — have been sentenced for a “degrading” act of vigilantism in which they took part in the beating of one teen, then urinated on the clothing of another after he was ordered to strip naked.

“It was essentially bullying on steroids,” Judge Donovan Dvorak remarked during the recent sentencing of one offender in Virden provincial court.

Travis Delbert Mealy, 28, and Curtis Joel Plett, 29, both recently pleaded guilty to assault and mischief for the events at a Hamiota-area campground in the early morning of Aug. 4.

The following details of what happened were shared in court by their lawyers and Crown attorneys during their separate sentencings.

Mealy, Plett and friends — described as a large group that included men in their 20s — were drinking around a campfire when two teens — one 19 and the other 16 — hurled full cans of beer at the group twice.

The first time, two to three beer cans missed and the folks around the fire made an unsuccessful attempt to find the people responsible.

The second time, a can hit one of the women in the campsite and Mealy, Plett and their group chased after the teens and cornered them inside horse stalls.

A number of people then punched the 19-year-old, who later needed stitches to repair his lip.

Besides being punched, he was grabbed by the throat and his head pushed to the ground repeatedly.

Mealy grabbed the older boy, but denied striking him and pleaded guilty to assault as a party to the offence. Plett confessed to kicking the victim.

The mob of adults didn’t beat the younger boy because he was 16 years old.

Instead, the younger teen was told — it’s not clear by who — to strip, which he did. Mealy and Plett then peed on the boy’s clothing.

The boy was left to find his way home naked. He ran off and managed to find the 19-year-old who’d fled after being attacked, borrowed his shorts and returned later to retrieve his urine-soaked clothes.

During Mealy’s sentencing last Friday, Crown attorney Rich Lonstrup described the treatment of the younger youth as “degrading,” “humiliating” and “disgusting.”

“This was really just vigilantism … this was just pure bullying,” Lonstrup said.

Judge Donovan Dvorak sentenced Mealy to 60 days house arrest followed by one year of probation.

Plett — a high school teacher — was sentenced before Judge John Combs in mid-February and received a nine-month conditional discharge that gives him a chance to maintain a clean criminal record. As part of the order, Plett has to do 40 hours of community service work.

A number of other adults received conditional discharges for the assault on the older teen.

» ihitchen@ brandonsun.com

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 6, 2014

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And where does it say in this story that the youths were not reprimanded in some fashion? This story was about how the Adults conducted themselves and the consequences they face.
I agree 100% that the youths actions definitely instigated the confrontation. However, that is no excuse for these people to assault them. If anyone should know this it should be a High School Teacher who is constantly surrounded with Teenagers with raging hormones that cause unpredictable behaviours.

i agree the youths should of charged with assault or mischief at the very least people.however,omg plett was ateacher!!!! get your head outta your a#ses people.this man shoulda beem the first one to protect these kids,hes a teacher for heavens sake.im absolutley disgusted.

Exactly!

What are the repercussions for these teenagers?

How did THEY "get away" with assaulting a woman by throwing a full can of beer at her and hitting her?

What are the CONSEQUENCES for these youth?

How is it that THEY are also not held RESPONSIBLE and ACCOUNTABLE for their actions in the first place?

Something is VERY WRONG with this picture!

This is ridiculous.

These judges, lawyers and everyone else involved should be ASHAMED of themselves and so should the entire judicial system.

Currently, our judicial system appears to be a joke.

This is NOT FAIR at all to ANY of these adults and especially to this woman.

Give your heads a shake, judicial system!

WHY were the actions of these teenagers overlooked?

The actions of these teenagers are what led to this incident occurring in the first place.

And we're supposed to respect this current judicial system?

What a joke!

More proof that the youth still get away with whatever they want. No reprocussions for throwing a full can of beer at the group. They knew what they were doing and got what they deserved. A tad extreme, but maybe they shouldn't have done what they did in the first place.

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Two men — one of them a teacher — have been sentenced for a “degrading” act of vigilantism in which they took part in the beating of one teen, then urinated on the clothing of another after he was ordered to strip naked.

“It was essentially bullying on steroids,” Judge Donovan Dvorak remarked during the recent sentencing of one offender in Virden provincial court.

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Two men — one of them a teacher — have been sentenced for a “degrading” act of vigilantism in which they took part in the beating of one teen, then urinated on the clothing of another after he was ordered to strip naked.

“It was essentially bullying on steroids,” Judge Donovan Dvorak remarked during the recent sentencing of one offender in Virden provincial court.

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