BOSTON, N.Y. (WIVB) – A former assistant wrestling coach was booked and charged Thursday morning, after already pleading guilty to raping two teenage girls. Police say that isn’t the typical process, but it’s not uncommon.
He arrived at the New York State Police barracks in Boston to be booked before 10 a.m. He officially got his mug shot and fingerprints taken.
“In this case, I believe it happened because the Erie County DA’s office was in contact with the victims’ family and they felt that for the victims this was the best route to go to minimize the impact of the whole process on them,” New York State Police Investigator Chris Wysocki said.
Justin Farrara admitted to raping a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old. Prosecutors say he chatted online with his victims.
“He would see the girls walking through the halls and would ask some of the students on the wrestling team who they were and would apparently make it a point to talk to them and get to know them. He eventually exchanged phone numbers and it just went on from there,” said Wysocki.
Those relationships soon crossed the line. Farrara pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of third-degree rape. One incident took place in August 2012, and the other in April 2014. By the time the second incident took place, Fararra was no longer working for the Eden School District.
New York State says districts have to make their own social media rules. The Eden District only allows teachers to chat online with students if it’s about school work.
Police were able to catch Farrara thanks to a Twitter page called Western New York Confessions, where teens offer confessions. There, a student offered a clue that two students were sexually involved with Farrara.
Farrara will be sentenced in October. He faces up to eight years in prison.