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Charges Dropped Against Man Who Said He Caught Children Vandalizing House

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Rochester: Charges Dropped Against Man Who Said He Caught Children Vandalizing House
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All charges have been dismissed against a Wayne County man accused of endangering the welfare of four children. Jesse Daniels appeared in Galen Town Court Wednesday evening.

"I would not have changed anything. I feel that I did the correct thing,” said Jesse Daniels.

Even after facing child endangerment charges, Daniels, of Clyde, says he would do it again.

"I feel overjoyed, I'm very happy. Justice has been served,” Daniels said.

Daniels was arrested earlier in June after he said he heard banging next door to his Clyde home and found four neighborhood boys vandalizing the home with paint and hammers. He then locked them in a closet and waited for police to arrive.

"First and foremost, you call the police, which is what Jesse did. You never want to take matters into your own hands but unfortunately sometimes you have no other choice and the law does protect people in many different ways,” said defense attorney Stephen Sercu.

District Attorney Richard Healey said he declined to prosecute "in the interest of justice."

YNN spoke to the boys' father, who admits what they did was wrong, but HE accuses Daniels of causing some of the damage to collect more insurance money. Daniels estimated the damage at $50,000.

The four children are charged with burglary and criminal mischief, which will be handled in Family Court at a later date.

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