Coach accused of inappropriate behavior with students

Allegedly involves cybersex, inappropriate conversation
December 1, 2007 10:05:51 AM PST
A high school coach in New Jersey is accused of inappropriate behavior with students.Authorities say the baseball coach was arrested for what he allegedly asked the students to do.

New Jersey reporter Anthony Johnson has the story from Belmar.

Authorities say the incident involves cybersex and inappropriate conversation. The school, St. Rose High School, tried to protect students today. But parents, of course, are very concerned.

Bart McInerney, known to most as Coach Bart, has apparently been around youth athletics for some time. But it is at the school where authorities allege he committed acts of sexual conduct with two teenage boys.

Police say the coach allegedly giving the boys condoms and encouraged them to perform sex acts. He also wanted E-mail confirmation when those acts were over, according to authorities.

"Describing the details relating to the acts of masturbation, including a description of how the victim felt and the length of time involved in performing the sexual act," Monmouth County prosecutor Luis Valentin

McInerney apparently offered to pay the boys for their sexual conduct. Outside the Catholic school, parents expressed shock over the troubling allegations.

"We're paying the money for (our son) to come here, so we hope that the money goes far to protect the children," one parent said. "The last thing you want to hear is that they're in danger."

Students stayed away from reporters, although one former student of the elementary school knew the coach would talk to kids about sex.

"It's just ridiculous," Mike Pizzolato said. "The only thing I'm surprised about is that he hasn't been caught sooner."

McInerney lives in Spring Lake, in a home that was sealed shut this afternoon.

McInerney and his family are very well known in the area, and neighbors find his arrest to be a disturbing development.

"I can't say anything negative, because I've known him for a long time," resident Roseanne Hughes said. "He's very supportive of the community."

McInerney has been released after posting bail, but he was ordered not to have any contact with students.