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Dec 6, 2016 5:18 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Hampton Bays Wrestling Coach Arrested On Drug Possession Charges

Dec 7, 2016 9:46 AM

The head coach of the Hampton Bays High School varsity wrestling team was arrested late last month after he was found to be in possession of heroin and prescription drugs following a routine traffic stop in Flanders, according to Southampton Town Police.

Authorities said Paul Hoshyla, 52, was driving on Flanders Road just before 6 p.m. on November 30 when he was pulled over for failing to maintain his lane. Officers said they spotted a quantity of a drug—later identified as heroin—in plain sight on the front passenger seat of Mr. Hoshyla’s vehicle before placing him under arrest.

Police said they transported Mr. Hoshyla to police headquarters in Hampton Bays for processing and while searching him found a number of Xanax pills in the pocket of his sweatshirt. Authorities said the prescription medication, which is used to treat anxiety disorders, was not its original container; as of earlier this week, police could not confirm if Mr. Hoshyla had a prescription for the medication.

Mr. Hoshyla was charged with two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both misdemeanors, and one count of possession of a controlled substance not in its original container, a violation, according to police. He was also ticketed for failing to maintain his lane, also a violation.

When reached on Tuesday, Mr. Hoshyla referred all questions to his attorney, Mariel LaSasso of the LaSasso Law Group in Manhattan.

Ms. LaSasso said she is confident that the charges against her client will be dropped, stating that neither drug belongs to Mr. Hoshyla. She also pointed out that Mr. Hoshyla has only been ticketed by police and not yet officially arraigned on the drug possession charges.

“Paul is a good-natured man who has done a lot of positive for his community,” Ms. LaSasso said. “He received a desk appearance ticket and has not yet been charged formally, and I am confident this matter will be resolved favorably for him.”

She later added: “We deny all allegations.”

In a prepared statement, Hampton Bays Schools Superintendent Lars Clemensen said this week that Mr. Hoshyla was hired as an assistant wrestling coach in 2003 and took over head coaching responsibilities last year and earns an annual stipend of $8,717. He does not teach in the Hampton Bays district.

On Tuesday evening, Mr. Clemensen confirmed that Mr. Hoshyla has agreed to take an administrative leave “pending the outcome of this incident.” He will be replaced by Michael Lloyd, the assistant coach of the varsity wrestling team, for the time being.

“In the meantime, the district is investigating the details of the public arrest record and will make subsequent personnel decisions at that time to ensure the safety of all students,” Mr. Clemensen said in the same statement.

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No wonder he was always so excited !!!!!!
By patrick61 (18), Hampton Bays on Dec 6, 16 8:28 PM
Pretty sad that the only safe haven for kids these days are sports, and a head coach is discovered to have a serious problem.

“In the meantime, the district is investigating the details of the public arrest record and will make subsequent personnel decisions at that time to ensure the safety of all students,” he said in the same statement.

In other words, they are dumber than dumb.
By Harbor Master (114), Sag Harbor on Dec 6, 16 8:33 PM
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...for not making an immediate decision to terminate.
By Harbor Master (114), Sag Harbor on Dec 6, 16 8:34 PM
Our kids are surrounded by such role models in our local schools.
Just sad.
By Shinnecock Hills family (59), Southampton on Dec 6, 16 10:02 PM
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The Editor of the Press removed the comment section when the CB stabbing comments got "ugly" and reported that ALL comment sections related to crimes would be eliminated. Please administer this policy consistently.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Dec 7, 16 8:52 AM
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Good point, but don't you see this news as a little different?



By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Dec 7, 16 9:28 AM
Frank, I don't see this differently - the editor said all alleged crimes so not to victimize a person before he was convicted. Why is this different? They should administer the policy consistently. There were many articles since the stabbing that the editor eliminated the comment section.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Dec 7, 16 9:44 AM
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I agree, several of my posts were removed as "inappropriate", and I was told it was because of this so-called "policy". Read this fast, because they'll probably pull this one also!
By HamptonDad (236), Hampton Bays on Dec 7, 16 3:20 PM
Herion on the front seat in plain view but it isn't his? YEAH SURE!!!!!!!!!
By mtkfishman (76), montauk on Dec 7, 16 11:20 AM
Hey coach, can I get a ride home after practice?
Sure!
There are some things on the seat, should I move them?
Oh that, hmm that's not mine, just put it on the console.
Ok.
IMAGINE??
Who cares if it was his, he is a coach!-- this is CRAZY!
By EQmom (18), East Quogue on Dec 7, 16 11:52 AM
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A role model? I don't think so !!!

By Hbays (6), Hampton Bays on Dec 7, 16 7:28 PM
Who was the arresting officer? Usually they like to take credit for getting dangerous drugs off the street and into the Town of Southampton evidence room.
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Dec 8, 16 3:22 AM
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By fire11 (276), east hampton on Dec 8, 16 12:15 PM
Not his drugs? Okay--look into his past a little bit. Find out why he became a born again....
By LilOnes21 (23), hampton bays on Dec 8, 16 1:07 PM
That's very kind that one individual wrote about how religion has played an important role in Mr. Hoshyla's life. Perhaps those who are passing judgement can learn not to slander, and, instead, why not try to help others and lift people up in their time of need? Everyone has made errors in their life, some more heinous than others, but to condemn a person who is having serious issues right now is wrong! Each one of us has challenges, and while they may not be as great as those obstacles facing ...more
By beachgirl (11), Hampton Bays on Dec 8, 16 5:43 PM
I am not passing judgement, I stated from his PAST that it is completely believable that they were, in fact, HIS drugs. I am not attacking anyone- simply stating facts. Perhaps I have a little more history with the family than you do and have been "slandered" and "knocked down" by the same man when instead maybe some "lifting up" would have been nice. It is not slander when you state facts. My apologies, my opinion is different from yours- one of the freedoms of this country. Instead of driving ...more
By LilOnes21 (23), hampton bays on Dec 9, 16 10:38 AM
I am sorry to hear that your experiences with Paul have been negative. I have known the family personally for decades, and can honestly say they have been there for my family and me in good times and sad ones. They all have, including Paul, been great friends. So I do have history with them, and feel the need to try to bring out the positive. And you are right, facts are facts, not slander, and our country is wonderful that we can post our opinions and not be afraid. When I wrote my original ...more
By beachgirl (11), Hampton Bays on Dec 9, 16 10:00 PM
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Slander is spoken, libel is written...
By FoReel (18), Hampton Bays on Dec 10, 16 6:09 PM
How about random drug testing in the schools. Management, teachers, coaches and any students involved in extra sports.
By knitter (1940), Southampton on Dec 8, 16 6:00 PM
Sounds good, but why limit it to schools? How about veterinarians? cab drivers? office personnel? garbage collectors? psychotherapists? knitters? It is a nationwide epidemic - just look the daily news! Parents drive with their children while being impaired; who is going to drug test them?
By beachgirl (11), Hampton Bays on Dec 8, 16 6:31 PM
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How about random drug testing in the schools. Management, teachers, coaches and any students involved in extra sports.
By knitter (1940), Southampton on Dec 8, 16 6:03 PM
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I was going to say the same thing Knitter. The problem is that the union would fight it so would the teachers. Meanwhile the 12 dollar an hr truck driver gets drug tested. Laughable. I bet you would be very surprised how many people are users of drugs
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Dec 8, 16 6:35 PM
Would you rather they did not test truck drivers operating 6 tons or more of vehicle? CDL drivers are Federally required to be not only randomly tested, but tested post accident. Many employers also require drug tests post accident per company rules. This applies to non-driving personnel per work safety. You would be surprised how many employers require pre-employment testing and testing for behavioral reasons.

Once again, your stunning level of knowledge and intellect amazes us all...
By Mr. Z (11828), North Sea on Dec 8, 16 6:52 PM
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You really are a knucklehead. I said if they test drivers of trucks they should surely test people who are taking care of children.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Dec 9, 16 8:29 AM
The only knucklehead is the one that doesn't know teachers can be drug tested for behavioral reasons. Like one under suspicion of using drugs...
By Mr. Z (11828), North Sea on Dec 10, 16 7:16 PM
When you employ people you set the rules, wages etc. The sports world doesn't want drug testing, why? The owners want super stars and don't want to know why$$$. If owners insisted on drug testing it would happen.
Every one blames the unions. When the go for a new contract insist on it. Most of these super stars have no other trade, work where?
By knitter (1940), Southampton on Dec 9, 16 8:46 AM
Heroin has been the baneful horror story in Hampton Bays for some decades - people wander around there who are known addicts - there have been robberies - break-ins - car jacking - murders - home invasions - and downright gun in the street incidents - how in the world did this happen to a tiny sleepy hamlet? Is the Township too huge and not able to allocate resources or proper focus on this problem plaguing the neighborhood for such a long time? Should Hampton Bays step up and do its own policing? ...more
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Dec 9, 16 12:27 PM
It's pretty funny that senior citizen Guardian Angels are all worried about KKK business cards as a sign of out of control crime (though no crime has been committed), when the Hamptons is having problems with school coaches who are filming girls in locker rooms and selling and/or possessing heroin. Not to mention school administrators appearing in hip. hop videos featuring sex and drugs; drugs disappearing from police evidence rooms and judges who use their position to drum up business for their ...more
By btdt (449), water mill on Dec 10, 16 11:45 AM
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Typical liberal bs. Worry about the imaginary kkk instead of the real deadly heroin.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Dec 10, 16 8:24 PM
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to chief1;

Quote:

"Typical liberal bs. Worry about the imaginary kkk instead of the real deadly heroin"
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Since the topic of the heroin epidemic has been raised, has it occurred to anyone that the health of the 99+% of prescribed opiate patients who use their medications appropriately has been thrown under the bus in the current misguided, zealous effort to combat the abuse of those drugs? Preventing incapacitated citizens from renewing their ...more
By highhatsize (4214), East Quogue on Dec 10, 16 10:14 PM
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By btdt (449), water mill on Dec 11, 16 11:15 AM
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There's always medical marijuana.
By btdt (449), water mill on Dec 11, 16 11:15 AM
btw, GREAT, medical marijuana for staff?
By knitter (1940), Southampton on Dec 11, 16 12:48 PM
Let me tell you something hi hat you are very ignorant. If someone is taking opiates for chronic pain they are abusing these pills prescription or not. These pills are made for short term pain or the patient becomes a junkie.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Dec 11, 16 2:36 PM
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to chief1:

Quote:

"Let me tell you something hi hat you are very ignorant. If someone is taking opiates for chronic pain they are abusing these pills prescription or not. These pills are made for short term pain or the patient becomes a junkie."
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Do you NEVER attempt to temper your ignorance by recourse to FACT?

Your statement is absolutely, categorically FALSE.

Here's a publication with which ...more
By highhatsize (4214), East Quogue on Dec 11, 16 4:41 PM
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Colin Kaepernick extended his own NFL record for consecutive losses by a socialist QB to 8 yesterday. Let's all take a knee in honor
By They call me (2824), southampton on Dec 12, 16 7:31 AM
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Just hope Paul gets the he help he needs. Remember Southampton Mcgreedy coach was found dead with a needle in his arm.
By jjinhb (16), Hampton Bays on Dec 14, 16 4:49 PM
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how about the sag harbor teacher/Asst coaCh found dead last year from an overdose? think we need a new check and balance system in our local schools. parents should demand this for the safety of their children. sorry n lot these teachers and coaches and even sorrier lot for the administrators who should be on top of this crisis in our schools. Shame, Shame, Shame!!!
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Dec 18, 16 5:17 PM