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Coach At Swanky Main Line Private School Gets Probation For Sex With Student

(James Civello)

(James Civello)

Brad Segall Brad Segall
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By Brad Segall

LOWER MERION, Pa. (CBS) — A former squash coach at the prestigious Shipley School, along the Main Line in Bryn Mawr, will spend the next three years of his life on probation after admitting to a consensual sexual relationship with one of his players.

The victim, who was 16 years old at the time of the affair last year, wrote to the judge asking him not to sentence James Civello to any more jail time, telling him she’s moving forward with her life.

The 51-year-old man had already spent nearly a month behind bars after his arrest last year (see previous story).

Defense attorney Tim Woodward says Civello takes full responsibility for his actions, apologizing to the teen, her family, and the school.

“He’ll never be able to resume his passion, which is coaching,” Woodward tells KYW Newsradio.  “He suffered the public humiliation of his arrest.   His conduct has shocked and saddened many of his friends.”

Montgomery County prosecutor Samantha Cauffman asked for additional jail time, saying a tremendous amount of trust was placed in him as a coach — trust that was violated.

Civello pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of corruption of minors.