Ex-baseball coach gets 18 years in sexting case

Bartholomew "Coach Bart" McInerney

June 1, 2010 9:52:15 AM PDT
A former New Jersey high school baseball coach convicted of child endangerment was sentenced Tuesday to 18 years in prison after apologizing to the families of his victims. Bartholomew McInerney of Spring Lake Heights was found guilty in January of 10 counts of child endangerment for sexually explicit conversations and text messages with players and former players.

Before he was sentenced in Superior Court in Freehold, McInerney said he would never have intentionally hurt anyone.

Players testified McInerney offered them cash for text messages describing masturbation.

The 43-year-old McInerney is the former baseball coach at St. Rose High School in Belmar.