WOODBURY, NJ (CBS) — A traveling youth hockey coach is facing child sex abuse charges in New Jersey and Delaware and is being looked at by authorities in three other states
Fifty-five-year-old Walter “Tracy” Ferinden, of Lansdale, has been a coach or skating instructor since the early 90’s, working in the tri-state area as well as New York and Vermont.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Sunday System Brings First Chance Of Snowflakes For Parts Of Region
He’s accused of molesting a 12-year-old boy in an apartment in Deptford in 1994. That youth was a member of a junior hockey league based out of the Holly Dell Ice Arena in Washington Township, according to Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean Dalton.
“It is especially devastating when persons entrusted with the care and supervision of young people violate that trust,” Dalton told KYW Newsradio.
Another alleged New Jersey victim’s case could not be prosecuted, given a statute of limitations that existed at the time, but is no longer in place.READ MORE: Man Dead After Being Shot 18 Times In Olney, Police Say
Ferinden is also charged with abusing two boys in New Castle County, Delaware.
“The defendant’s arrest does not mark the end of this investigation,” said New Castle County officer J.P. Piser. “Our investigators believe that there may be more victims who have yet to come forward.”
Others who may have been victimized are asked to contact law enforcement, and authorities in the other three states have been alerted.MORE NEWS: FBI, Philadelphia Police Searching For Woman Who Allegedly Robbed Wells Fargo Bank In Logan Square, Police Say
Ferinden is free on bail in the Delaware case and is expected to surrender to face the New Jersey charge. His New Jersey attorney was not immediately available for comment.