Monday, April 15, 2013

Former high school coach made multiple false sexual abuse claims

Reported here: http://www.delcotimes.com/articles/2013/04/12/news/doc51687e774397e712231239.txt?viewmode=fullstory

By Carl Hessler Jr.
chessler@journalregister.com

NORRISTOWN – A former lacrosse coach at Lansdale Catholic High School potentially faces more than two decades in prison now that he’s addressed charges he made false accusations that other school personnel molested or sexually solicited students.

Timothy Adam Udinski, 44, of the first block of Old Dublin Pike, Doylestown, Bucks County, pleaded no contest in Montgomery County Court on Friday to multiple charges of stalking and harassment in connection with incidents that occurred between October 2011 and May 2012.

A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt but is an admission that prosecutors have sufficient evidence to convict at trial. A no contest plea is considered a conviction, under state law.

Judge William R. Carpenter deferred sentencing so that court officials can complete a background investigative report about Udinski. The judge allowed Udinski to remain free on $25,000 unsecured bail pending sentencing.

Udinski faces a possible maximum sentence of 11 to 22 years in prison on the charges.

Assistant District Attorney Jesse S. King is prosecuting the case. Defense lawyer Stephen Heckman represented Udinski during the hearing.

With the charges, county detectives and prosecutors alleged Udinski “deliberately” made false accusations that two coaches at the school had committed sexual misconduct with players. Between October 19, 2011, and May 31, 2012, on seven separate occasions, Udinski sent false claims of sexual abuse in anonymous emails to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, according to the criminal complaint.

In the emails, authorities alleged, Udinski falsely claimed two coaches were engaged in sexual solicitation of players on their respective teams and that the principal failed to take any action.

Udinski formerly worked as the head lacrosse coach at the Catholic school. While coaching the 2011 lacrosse season, Lansdale Catholic relieved Udinski of his duties after he reportedly engaged in two heated arguments with players and staff, according to court papers.

The school principal reported that Udinski was “upset about his firing,” according to the arrest affidavit filed by county Detective Drew Marino.

Following Udinski’s firing, on October 19, 2011, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia received an anonymous email alleging that a coach at the school had sexually solicited a player. The email included an accusation that the principal had a history of ignoring any complaints about the coach, according to the criminal complaint.

On March 12, and March 14, the Archdiocese received two more anonymous emails complaining that another Lansdale Catholic coach had been involved in a sexual assault while attending college. On March 15, 2012, the Archdiocese received an anonymous email threatening to inform the media about the coach.

Numerous anonymous emails also were sent on March 22, to the Archdiocese and local media outlets falsely implying wrongdoing at Lansdale Catholic High School, court documents indicate.

On May 9, the Archdiocese received an anonymous email stating that one of the coaches sexually assaulted a lacrosse player at the school and invited the player to the shore and offered him beer, according to the arrest affidavit.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia notified Montgomery County authorities about the allegations. Twelve county detectives, devoting more than 184 hours, investigated the repeated, anonymous reports of sexual abuse against the two high school coaches.

At the conclusion of investigation, which included interviewing students, detectives and prosecutors determined the allegations against both coaches were “completely false and unfounded,” according to the arrest affidavit.

The estimated cost to county taxpayers to investigate the multiple false reports was more than $8,250. The cost to the coaches subjected to the false accusations is impossible to measure, authorities said.

A search of email addresses and Internet providers linked to the anonymous emails helped authorities develop Udinski as a suspect in the case.

When he was confronted in June 2012 by detectives about the incidents, Udinski allegedly admitted to sending the seven anonymous emails to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, according to the arrest affidavit. Udinski allegedly admitted that he specifically targeted the two coaches and that all the complaints were untrue.

Udinski allegedly told detectives that he made the false reports because, “I was mad at the school for the way I was treated. I was just furious.”

“Udinski said he was trying to get back at the Catholic Church and Lansdale Catholic High School,” Marino wrote in the criminal complaint.
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ANOTHER NEWS REPORT

Reported here: http://lansdale.patch.com/articles/former-lc-coach-faces-20-years-in-fake-sexual-abuse-claims

A former Lansdale Catholic lacrosse coach will be convicted of making false molestation accusations via anonymous emails against school coaches, after he pleaded no contest to the charges on Friday in Montgomery County court.

Timothy Adam Udinski, 44, of Old Dublin Pike, Doylestown, faces more than 20 years in prison, according to The Pottstown Mercury. Udinski pleaded no contest to multiple counts of stalking and harassment of school officials between October 2011 and May 2012, according to the article.

Udinski’s no contest plea is not admission of guilt, but it is admission that there is enough evidence to convict him at trial of the crimes.

A background report on Udinski will be completed prior to sentencing.

According to court records, Udinski is free on $25,000 unsecured bail.

Udinski is accused of four counts of misdemeanor stalking that repeatedly caused fear and two counts of misdemeanor harassment by threatening language through anonymous emails, according to court documents.

Authorities allege Udinski sent seven anonymous emails claiming sexual abuse at the school by coaches, including retired coach Jim Algeo.

During a time of sexual abuse upheaval in the ranks of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, police and Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman allege Udinski sent seven emails containing false claims of sexual abuse to the Archdiocese between October 19, 2011 and May 31, 2012.

In these emails, he allegedly deliberately and falsely claimed that both the Lansdale Catholic football and lacrosse coaches were engaged in sexual solicitation of players on their respective teams, according to Ferman.

Udinski, who is president of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Youth Lacrosse Association, also accused Lansdale Catholic Principal Timothy Quinn of failing to take any action regarding the alleged misconduct.

Quinn unexpectedly announced his retirement as principal in July.

Udinski was fired from Lansdale Catholic on October 19, 2011. Prior to his firing, the Archdiocese received an anonymous email alleging that head football coach Jim Algeo had sexually solicited a player, according to Ferman.

The email included an accusation that Quinn, a former Lansdale Catholic football player, had a history of ignoring any complaints about Algeo.

Udinski was the former head lacrosse coach at Lansdale Catholic High School. During his tenure at the school, Udinski was the target of unfounded accusations. While coaching the 2011 lacrosse season, Lansdale Catholic relieved Udinski of his duties after he engaged in repeated heated arguments with players and staff, according to Ferman. Quinn reported that Udinski was extremely upset about his firing.

On March 12 and March 14, 2012 the Archdiocese received two anonymous emails complaining that Lansdale Catholic’s head lacrosse coach had been involved in a sexual assault while attending Lehigh University, according to a press release.

On March 15, 2012, the Archdiocese received an anonymous email threatening to inform the media about the allegations involving the lacrosse coach. This email was followed by numerous anonymous emails on March 22, to the Archdiocese and local media outlets concerning wrongdoing at Lansdale Catholic High School, according to Ferman.

On May 9, 2012, the Archdiocese received another anonymous email stating that the coach sexually assaulted a male lacrosse player at Lansdale Catholic, according to the release. He was also accused of inviting the player to the shore and offering him beer, according to the release.

The complaint included another accusation that Quinn was ignoring the complaints.

On May 31, 2012, another anonymous email was sent to the Archdiocese again referencing the lacrosse coach attempting to lure his players to the shore to engage in sexual activity, according to the release. Quinn was accused of covering up the incident. The email demanded Quinn’s resignation and jail time for the coach, according to the release.

The Archdiocese notified Montgomery County Law Enforcement officials of the allegations.

The county Detective Bureau took over an investigation on the allegations, requiring 12 detectives and staff members to investigate the repeated, anonymous reports of sexual abuse against two high school coaches, according to the release.

Detectives devoted in excess of 184 hours to investigating the accusations against the coaches, according to Ferman in the release.

During the investigation, law enforcement officers interviewed 97 people and executed 10 court orders and search warrants.

At the conclusion of the investigation, detectives and prosecutors concluded that the allegations against both coaches were false and unfounded, according to Ferman.

The estimated cost to Montgomery County taxpayers to investigate these multiple false reports was over $8,250.

"The cost to the men subjected to the false accusations is impossible to measure," stated the release.

Detectives developed Udinski as the subject who sent out the anonymous emails to the Archdiocese.

On June 21, detectives visited Udinski's home to interview him about the emails, according to the release.

Udinski told police that all the complaints were untrue and he admitted to sending the seven anonymous emails, according to Ferman.

"He admitted he specifically targeted the Lansdale Catholic football coach and lacrosse coach. Udinski told detectives that he made these false reports because, 'I was mad at the school for the way I was treated. I was just furious,'" according to the release.

Udinski will be prosecuted by the Captain of the Major Crimes Team and Assistant District Attorney Jesse S. King.

Udinski is a Central Bucks West graduate and one of the founders of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel CYO lacrosse. He was affiliated with the Select Club lacrosse program in Bucks County.