Bryn Mawr Coach Arrested For Having Sexual Relationship With Student

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) — A coach at a private school on the Main Line is behind bars tonight, accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old female player.

James Civello, 50, worked as the squash coach at the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr until July 3, according to the school. That’s about the time authorities began investigating him for the sexual relationship.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman says the girl told her parents about the relationship over the July 4 holiday weekend, and they went to the police. Civello is being held on $100,000 bail in Montgomery County prison pending a preliminary hearing on Thursday. He’s charged with corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of a child.

“We’re not talking about allegations of a one time event,” Ferman said. “We’re talking about a relationship that developed totally inappropriately between coach and student and spanned multiple weeks or months.”

Ben Simmoneau reports…

According to court records, the girl told police the relationship began on April 7, when the two had sex at the Bryn Mawr Guest Suites, a boarding house on Morton Road. She said they also had sex once at the Haverford train station and several times at her parents’ home.

“What’s significant is the fact that this was really a very brazen relationship,” Ferman said. “It was ongoing, taking place at locations around the community.”

Ferman said she believes Pennsylvania law should be toughened to deal with relationships between minors that are 16 or 17 and teachers or coaches. Right now the adults in these cases can generally only be charged with misdemeanor crimes. Ferman would like to see the state legislature create a felony statute because the offenses occur so frequently.

The students “look up to them [the coaches or teachers] or even idolize them,” she said. “So for an adult to take that trust and turn it around for their own gratification is what makes this so unseemly and so sad.”

Reported by Ben Simmoneau, CBS3

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One Comment

  1. Talking Monkeys says:

    This poor, victimized girl, suffering the repeated trauma of inviting her coach to her house for rounds of hot sex. Boy, it’s a good thing that having a sexual relationship with females 18 and over isn’t a crime; otherwise, when they got mad about anything, they’d have you locked up. This reminds me of the farce “To Catch A Predator” where the girls actively seek sex with online strangers, yet the men are called “predators.” Well, I don’t know any rabbits who invite a wolf to come over to eat them. Finally, Chris Hansen got caught in his own predation. I wonder if the show producers do anything sneaky/illegal.

  2. Concerned Citizen says:

    I have to agree with the above comment. Most young girls today are very promiscuous and not innocent young things. Since the girl in question agreed to having sex with this older man since April and even brought him to her parents’ house, I believe she is as guilty as he is. Yes, he was an authority figure and should have known better, but he should not be punished for having sex with a teen girl if she was ready, willing and able to give herself to him without a fight. I’d sure like to know why she went to her parents about it after 3 months. Was she mad at the man and trying to hurt him? Also, if the man lost his job over this, then the girl should not be able to return to the school either.

  3. bottomline says:

    It’s always the man! Never the girl. Never the parents. If this had been a one time event and the girl resisted or at least felt some guilt and told her parents, get the guy.
    But this, like so many similar stories, was a on going affair.
    When of are the seekers of justice going to seek justice instead of betraying their probable inner resentment of men, then in fact, make the men the victims.
    This man AND this girl engaged in socially unacceptable behavior – punish both (or her parents) or none.

    1. toniejean says:

      I agree! She had the choice to say no and report his advances to her parents.

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