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Friday, June 27, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
 

A track and field coach allegedly sent inappropriate text messages to a 15-year-old girl and repeatedly asked her to dinner, according to police.

Anthony Louis Boerio, 53, of South Greensburg is facing two misdemeanor counts of corruption of minors.

Westmoreland County Detective Robert Weaver said Boerio met the girl at the Greensburg YMCA, where he was working. The teenager learned that Boerio was a track coach and asked if he could recommend some strength exercises, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

The pair exchanged telephone numbers, police said.

During an April 17 interview, the girl told Weaver that text messages from Boerio “became creepy” and she blocked his number and went to a different gym, the affidavit states.

Some of the messages the girl received between February and March that were reported to police said: “Speaking of scary, I was wondering what you look like when you wake up in the morning. I'd like to find out” and “If you get stuck at school just hike over to my place.”

Boerio resigned as an assistant coach with the Penn-Trafford High School track team in May.

Boerio could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

During an interview with detectives on April 24, Boerio said he “may have taken (the girl's) attention the wrong way,” according to the affidavit.

Boerio told police he remembered some of the messages and did not deny sending them, Weaver wrote in the affidavit.

A summons has been issued and a July 31 preliminary hearing is scheduled. Boerio does not have an attorney listed in online court records.

Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or rsignorini@tribweb.com.

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