A former Pennsylvania coach and school occupational therapist was arrested Thursday for engaging in sexually explicit conversation with what he thought was a 15-year-old girl, according to a story from WBRE/WYOU.
Citing an affidavit, the news outlet reported that police received evidence on Nov. 15 that Nicholas Wadas, 40, of Kingston, Luzerne County, had made plans to meet and have sex with who he thought was a teenage girl.
Officials said photos of sexual chat logs between the former coach and who he thought was a teenage girl were provided to them as evidence, as well as a video of Wadas meeting the source, thinking it was the female teen, then driving away when he was confronted by a man.
In the chat messages, which began in October, Wadas acknowledges the person’s alleged age and asks her sexually graphic questions, the news site said. He then texted, “If it wasn’t illegal, I would make you moan.”
Told the source was a teen, Wadas acknowledged that it would be illegal for the two to have sex, but he messaged the source later asking to meet, saying, “This isn’t a trap, I just want to do you without getting into crap, No drama, No one will know,” according to the affidavit.
On Nov. 13, police said, the source went to a Sunoco parking lot to meet Wadas and recorded the meeting where Wadas drove away.
Police said the man driving the vehicle in the video matched Wadas’ driver’s license photo. The registration matched Wadas’ as well.
On Nov. 15, another source claiming to be Wadas’ co-worker reported that Wadas admitted having conversations and meeting someone he believed to be an underage girl.
Wadas had been employed at New Story Schools as an occupational therapist and was the Occupational Therapy Supervisor for the District’s Northeast Region, acording to Katie Fitzgerald, the Director of Corporate Communications and Marketing for New Story Schools.
“New Story Schools has been made aware of this incident. The employee is no longer employed by or affiliated with New Story Schools. This incident did not involve a New Story Schools student. Our student’s safety, physical, and emotional well-being is our top priority,” Fitzgerald said in a statement.
Wadas had also been the head coach for the men’s and women’s cross country teams at Wilkes University, but has since been let go, according to Gabrielle D’Amico, the school’s Associate Vice President of Marketing Communications.
“We are aware of the allegations and he is no longer affiliated with the university as of Tuesday, November 15,” D’Amico said.
Wadas has been charged with multiple felony charges of criminal solicitation – statutory sexual assault, criminal attempt – unlawful contact with a minor – sexual offenses, and criminal use of a communication facility, WBRE/WYOU said.
He was taken into custody, arraigned on Nov. 17 and released on $15,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 30.
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