New York High School Volleyball Coach Arrested on Sex Charges

  0 Braden Keith | April 13th, 2017 | High School, News

A high school volleyball coach in the Maryvale Central School District in Cheektowaga, New York has been arrested on allegations that he intended to have illegal sexual contact with a 16-year old boy.

39-year old Andrew Murtha was arrested Wednesday. The alleged incident took place while in Rochester for a travel volleyball tournament. Police say that Murtha allegedly exchanged messages and pictures with the teen on a social media app and met with the teen for sexual activities, according to NBC affiliate WGRZ.

Murtha does not teach at the school, and only works there as a volleyball coach. He also coaches a boys’ travel team in Lockport.

Murtha has been charged with third-degree criminal sexual act, a class E felony, and first-degree disseminating indecent material to a minor, a class D felony.

Class D felonies carry a maximum prison sentence of 7 years, while Class E felonies carry a maximum prison sentence of up to 4 years in New York.

The age of consent for sexual relations in New York is 17 in most cases.

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