Former Kiski Area trainer receives probation for corruption of minors, harassment | TribLIVE.com
Valley News Dispatch

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

Rich Cholodofsky
1582650_web1_VND-Ryan-O-Toole-071818

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 .

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.