Hamburg police investigate Eden swimming coach

EDEN, N.Y. (WIVB) — Hamburg Village Police are now investigating the head of a local swim club which practices at Eden Central High School’s pool.

Although Hamburg Village Police aren’t commenting on their investigation of Chris Nellis, the head coach of the Eden Dolphins Swim Club, Nellis’ father confirmed the investigation. Glenn Nellis, the supervisor of the Town of Eden, confirmed to News 4 his son is being investigated both by the school and by police. He referred all questions to the Eden Central School District.

Chris Nellis is not an employee of the school district, but sources tell News 4 the swim coach and another person were escorted out of Eden High School after allegations were made that Nellis was engaged in inappropriate cell phone communication with a child under 18 years of age.

STORY | Eden Central School Superintendent asks parents to talk to kids.

Eden Central School Superintendent Sandra Anzalone would not reveal the name of the person in question, but said a certain swim team coach is now prohibited from entering the school.

Nellis had used the high school pool for team practices. Club members are said to range from beginners to highly competitive racers.

Superintendent Anzalone said the district is taking immediate action “for the safety and protection of all the children.”

In a message on the district’s website, she said Child Protective Services and the District Attorney’s Office have been notified.

The school district is cooperating with the Village of Hamburg Police Department.

She said the district is now trying to identify students who may have knowledge of the incident.

Last year, Justin Farrara, a former assistant wrestling coach at Eden High School pleaded guilty to having sex with two girls, 15 and 16.

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