A senior defensive safety for Youngstown State University saw his marijuana and driving charges dismissed in Warren Municipal Court Wednesday after a state trooper confirmed for a judge that it was the older brother of Dale Peterman who was passing himself off as the football standout.
However, later Wednesday Peterman was found guilty in Girard Municipal Court on a misdemeanor charge of no operator's license - a charge that was amended by a prosecutor from an original charge of driving under suspension.
Peterman, 22, was placed on one-year probation and ordered to report to a Girard probation officer once a month in the meantime. A judge dismissed charges of improperly displaying license plates and failing to have a child restraint.
In Warren, both Peterman and his older brother Darrell, 25, who shows three different addresses in Youngstown, appeared before Judge Thomas Gysegem.
Court records show the trooper and a prosecutor both recommended charges of marijuana possession, speeding, driving under suspension and failing to wear a seat belt be dismissed against the football player since it was really Darrell who should have received the violations.
It was unclear whether the same charges would be levied later against Darrell, who also wound up paying off a $292 outstanding debt for court fines and costs.
The defensive back posted bond in both courts earlier in the month after he was arrested on the outstanding warrants for failing to appear in court, including the one in Warren that should have reflected charges against the older brother.
Peterman started 11 games for the YSU Penguins last season. He was named First Team All-Ohio his senior season at Ursuline High School when the Irish won a state title.
He transferred to YSU after spending a year at George Military College and another year at City College of San Francisco.
YSU football coach Eric Wolford said earlier he expects to make a decision on Peterman's future later this month. The Penguins open the season at home tonight against Dayton.