Oregon school board president ordered to stay away from alleged victim

3/4/2013
BLADE STAFF
P.J. Kapfhammer, a member of the Oregon school board, right, leaves Oregon Municipal Court with attorneys Jon Richardson, left, and Scott Schwab, following his arraignment today.
P.J. Kapfhammer, a member of the Oregon school board, right, leaves Oregon Municipal Court with attorneys Jon Richardson, left, and Scott Schwab, following his arraignment today.

P.J. Kapfhammer, the president of the Oregon school board, was released on his own recognizance today after an arraignment at Oregon Municipal Court on misdemeanor charges stemming from an incident at Clay High School.

Mr. Kapfhammer was arraigned on one count of menacing, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct, a minor misdemeanor. The charges stem from an incident Feb. 1 at Clay in which he is accused of shouting profanities and threatening an autistic man, Thomas Blachowski, 25, of Oregon while Mr. Blachowski was in the exercise room working out with members of the Clay baseball team.

Mr. Blachowski’s mother, Terrie Blachowski, told police of the incident. Mr. Blachowski is the honorary manager of the baseball team and regularly works out with the squad.

As a condition of his release today, Mr. Kapfhammer is to have no contact with the two Blachowskis, as well as with Thomas Blachowski's sister.