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Ex-Mt. Pleasant volunteer football coach pleads guilty to sexting players

Rich Cholodofsky
| Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, 12:24 p.m.
Ty Holler (right) and his attorney, Mike Ferguson, leave district court after Holler's preliminary hearing on charges he sent sexually explicit text messages to two teenage boys and sought lewd photos from them in 2014-2015.
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Ty Holler (right) and his attorney, Mike Ferguson, leave district court after Holler's preliminary hearing on charges he sent sexually explicit text messages to two teenage boys and sought lewd photos from them in 2014-2015.

A volunteer Mt. Pleasant Area High School football coach pleaded guilty Tuesday to exchanging sexual text messages with two teenage players.

Ty Cameron Holler, 24, of Latrobe will serve three years on probation as part of a plea bargain that also bars him from serving as a coach or volunteer for community groups that work with children.

In 2014 and 2015 while a student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Holler exchanged text messages with the teens that included sexual content and pictures, police said. Investigators said Holler texted images of topless females he said were IUP students in an effort to get the teens to send explicit pictures in return.

Defense attorney Mike Ferguson said Holler's girlfriend used his phone and was responsible for the pictures but conceded that it was not usual for the young men to exchange text messages of a sexual nature.

“This is a classic example of the dangers of 21st-century technology, texting between men,” Ferguson said. “I think it was just locker room talk.”

Holler told Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court Judge Rita Hathaway that pleading guilty was in his best interest.

Ferguson said Holler, whose uncle served as Mt. Pleasant Area's head football coach, volunteered as an informal coach during summer camp in 2014 and kept in touch with several players after he went back to college.

Holler pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of corruption of minors, with prosecutors dismissing more serious charges of unlawful contact with minors and other related offenses. Assistant District Attorney Adam Barr said the victims and their families approved of the plea deal.

Rich Cholodofsky is a Tribune- Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-830-6293 or rcholodofsky@tribweb.com.

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