BRYN MAWR, Pa. (CBS) – A former squash coach at the private Shipley School on the Main Line has been ordered to stand trial on charges that he had a sexual relationship between April and July of this year with a teenage girl who was on the school team.
James Civello waived his preliminary hearing today in District Court in Ardmore, and will stand trial on felony charges that include corruption of minors and child endangerment.
Prosecutors say the 50-year-old married Bucks County man had sex with the 16-year-old girl several times at a Bryn Mawr hotel, at the Haverford train station, and at the girl’s Lower Merion home (see previous story).
Prosecutor Samantha Cauffman says the girl looked up to Civello and considered him a mentor.
“He used that trust to start a sexual relationship with her and really manipulated her emotionally and sexually.”
The judge modified Civello’s bail from $100,000 cash to ten percent of $100,000.
Cauffman says she thinks that Civello submitted his resignation at the school shortly before the investigation began. It was the girl’s parents who went to police earlier this month about the alleged affair.
Reported by Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio 1060