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Massachusetts father faces charges for allegedly pointing laser at rival goalie during daughter's hockey game

A Massachusetts father will face criminal charges for allegedly aiming a laser pointer into the eyes of the opposing goalie at his daughter's high school hockey game.

Joseph Cordes, 42, of Winthrop, will appear in East Boston District Court to face a charge of disorderly conduct, reports. Police said Cordes pointed the light at the Medway-Ashland goalie during a tournament game on Feb. 29.

Winthrop Assistant Superintendent Lisa Howard entered the stands and ordered Cordes out of the arena. Winthrop went on to win the game 3-1, which led to a protest from the Medway/Ashland parents who asked that the game be replayed. The governing body of high school sports in Massachusetts, however, denied the appeal.

Cordes, who has not been arrested, told WBZ-TV that he feels like a "complete jerk" and humiliated his daughter.

In 2008, Cordes was convicted with trying to break into a Winthrop pharmacy near a hockey rink. Police said he had cut all phone, alarm and cable connections to the store and found heroin in his possession, reports. He was later sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

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