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Former Kiski Area trainer receives probation for corruption of minors, harassment

Rich Cholodofsky

A Plum man who worked with athletes at Kiski Area High School will serve two years on probation after pleading guilty Friday to misdemeanor charges of corruption of minors and harassment.

Westmoreland County prosecutors agreed to dismiss one felony count that accused Ryan O’Toole of having sex with a student.

O’Toole, 28, trained students through a private business and also served as an assistant football coach at Kiski Area in 2017.

According to court records, police said he admitted to having a sexual liaison in his car with a then 18-year-old high school student. Police also accused O’Toole of making sexual advances and inappropriate comments to other students, all juveniles, during workout sessions in 2017.

Westmoreland County Common Pleas Judge Meagan Bilik-DeFazio sentenced O’Toole to the terms of a negotiated plea bargain in which he will serve two years of intensive probation and undergo sex offender treatment.

The judge also ordered O’Toole to have no unsupervised contact with children, barred him from working as a personal trainer with juveniles and required that he have no dealings with Kiski Area schools or its students.

In addition to the one sex allegation, other victims said they received text messages from O’Toole that were of a sexual nature, including one in which he sent a 17-year-old girl a topless picture of himself.

In those messages, police said O’Toole propositioned several of the teens for sex while another victim claimed O’Toole made sexual advances as they worked out together at his private business.

Officials said O’Toole’s training business is no longer in operation.

Assistant District Attorney Judy Petrush said the sex charge was dismissed because the student involved with O’Toole was an 18-year-old adult, and the other charges were based on incidents that occurred while the students were training during their summer break.

She said the plea bargain was finalized so the former students would not have to testify at a trial.

“It was done for the best interests of the victims, many of whom are off to college,” Petrush said.

Rich Cholodofsky is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Rich at 724-830-6293, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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