Juvenile pled guilty to assault of College senior


The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office confirms that the juvenile slapped Brian Goldman on Jan. 28




Of the three juveniles charged with an assault on a Penn student and taxi driver, only one pled guilty, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office.

Investigation by the court concluded on Monday that the juvenile slapped College senior Brian Goldman in the face on Jan. 28 at 15th and Chestnut streets. The 17-year-old pled guilty to charges of simple assault, but charges were dropped against the other two.

He was placed on probation and will have to abide by requirements such as mandatory school attendance, undergo bi-weekly drug tests, attend anger management classes and adhere to a 7 p.m. curfew, Assistant District Attorney Paul Goldman said.

He will also be required to wear a GPS monitor, which is subject to removal in three months at the court’s discretion, said Paul Goldman, who is not related to the College senior.

In addition, the juvenile was assigned a youth advocate to provide him with constructive activities.

The DA’s office announced in February that the three black teens will not be charged with hate crime, as there was no evidence that the victims’ race played a role in the incident.

Goldman, a Daily Pennsylvanian columnist, said “I support the process and the decisions reached by the city.”

He was traveling to Center City to meet a friend for dinner on Jan. 28. He recounted in his Jan. 30 column that he was punched through the window of the cab. His cab driver had grabbed a crowbar from his trunk to defend himself against the perpetrators, he wrote.

Goldman fled from the scene and did not suffer any serious injuries.

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