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In cutting ties, Pa. school says arrested coach had clean background record
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Gregory Mancini

The president of an Erie, Pennsylvania, school sent a letter to parents regarding a coach’s arrest in Hall County, saying he had passed all background checks before joining the school.

Scott Jabo wrote Dec. 3 to the parents of students at Cathedral Preparatory School, Villa Maria Academy and Mother Teresa Academy regarding Gregory Mancini, a man who was charged in Hall County with criminal attempt to commit child molestation.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office released information on his arrest Dec. 4.

“Prior to his arrest, there were never any reports of inappropriate behaviors with minors. Also, he had passed all of the required background checks before working with our school. Those background checks include the Pennsylvania child abuse background checks, FBI fingerprinting, and Pennsylvania criminal background checks, in addition to satisfying all other state mandates related to the protection of children and the requirements of the Diocese of Erie’s child protection policy,” according to Jabo’s letter.

Mancini allegedly had sexually charged online conversations with a 13-year-old Hall County boy through the shooter game Fortnite on Xbox and tried to meet him, according to authorities. 

The boy told his mother who then reported it to law enforcement Oct. 23 

“Over the course of several weeks, the two began to video chat, and the man turned the conversation to sexual subject matter. As the contact continued, the man said that he planned to travel to metro Atlanta and wanted to meet with the boy,” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth wrote in the Dec. 4 news release. Mancini was arrested Nov. 3.

Jabo said Mancini had worked with the school “in limited capacities over the years, most recently as an assistant basketball coach for Cathedral Prep.”

“He was also a substitute teacher for Cathedral Prep and Villa Maria Academy, but he has not been involved in that capacity since 2015,” Jabo wrote.

Jabo’s letter said Mancini can not associate with the school and its students until the case is resolved.

Mancini’s attorney Arturo Corso declined to comment Tuesday, Dec. 4, when the details of the arrest were released.

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