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Baseball coach indicted in sexual misconduct

October 10, 2008 6:12:03 PM PDT
A Monmouth County grand jury has indicted a former high school baseball coach, charging him with 12 counts of child endangerment following an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. Bartholomew "Bart" McInerney, 42, of Spring Lake Heights, was arrested in November 2007 after authorities said he engaged in sexually explicit conversations with two teenage boys, encouraging them to masturbate.

As the investigation continued, additional people came forward with similar allegations, authorities said. Additional complaints were signed in July, stemming from incidents that allegedly occurred between 2001 and the summer of 2007.

After the indictment was handed up on Friday, McInerney's bail was raised from $75,000 to $200,000. He also remains barred from contact with the victims and is barred from the property at St. Rose High School in Belmar, where he had been the baseball coach since 1994.

McInerney faces up to 10 years in prison on each count, if convicted. He also would be subject to lifetime compliance with Megan's Law registration and notification requirements, as well as parole supervision.

Mcinerney's attorney, Charles Uliano of West Long Branch, said his client was not guilty.

"Bart McInerney is a good man who devoted himself to his players and who would never do anything that was harmful to them," Uliano told the Asbury Park Press of Neptune. "It will be demonstrated that his conduct did not violate the law."

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