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A former athlete, coach and administrator with ties to Humboldt State University and St. Bernard’s Academy who was arrested in December on suspicion of burglary will be arraigned on April 16.

Cy Vandermeer, 32, who faces one count of burglary related to an incident at a residence on Grace Avenue in McKinleyville, is currently in a residential drug treatment program; attorney, Ben Okin, requested a continuance today in front of Judge Lawrence Killoran.

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“It’s the Jaywalker (Lodge) program in Colorado Springs, Colorado,” Okin said following today’s short hearing. “He has a good connection that allows him to go there. I’m not sure they could afford it otherwise but the success rate at that program is really something to tout.”

Vandermeer was an HSU basketball player from 2004-08 and served as an assistant coach from 2015-16. He also served as the athletic director at St. Bernard’s until he left that position in August 2018.

When asked about the treatment program and why it’s important he takes part, Okin said it’s about health and well-being.

“He has to get healthy,” Okin said. “He has to get healthy for himself, he has to get healthy for the community, he has to get healthy because I haven’t seen the facts behind the allegations and when I do, if there is, in fact, something he has done wrong, he has to be healthy to address them and the community.”

Vandermeer was arrested by sheriff’s deputies after a report of a burglary at the residence in McKinleyville. The victim, who knows Vandermeer, reported that almost $10,000 in property had been taken from the residence. Surveillance video from a nearby residence caught Vandermeer on camera and he was later identified as the suspect.

Deputies went to Vandermeer’s home and after he consented to a search of his vehicle, deputies located items suspected to have been stolen during the burglary.

Vandermeer was arrested Dec. 29, 2018. He will remain out of jail if he remains in and finishes the treatment program. Killoran issued and then held a $50,000 bench warrant that will not go into effect if he meets the requirements of treatment.

The arraignment is set for April 16 and it’s a hearing Vandermeer must attend.

Dan Squier can be reached at 707-441-0528.

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