DEPEW, N.Y. (WIVB) — A local high school coach is facing sex-related charges involving a teen boy.
Depew resident Andrew Murtha, 39, coached volleyball at Maryvale High School in Cheektowaga, and also coached a travel boys team in Lockport.
New York State Police say the case began after a boy from Ontario County began communicating with Murtha through a social media app.
Troopers say the boy snuck out of his home while Murtha was in the Rochester area for a weekend tournament, but was discovered by his parents.
Murtha was subsequently arrested on Tuesday morning and charged with criminal sexual act and disseminating indecent material to a minor. Troopers say those charges stem from Murtha exchanging pictures with a 16-year-old boy on an app and meeting with him for sexual conduct.
Joseph D’Angelo, the Superintendent of the Maryvale School District, released a statement following the arrest.
“We are aware of these serious charges and we are cooperating fully with the State Police investigation,” D’Angelo said. “To clarify, this individual is not a member of the High School staff/faculty. He was employed as a volleyball coach.”
Murtha’s phone and vehicle were seized and searched on Thursday.
Following his arrest and arraignment, Murtha was jailed in Ontario County on $2,000 bail.
State Police say their investigation is ongoing for any other potential victims. Troopers in the Finger Lakes region can be reached at (585) 398-4100, and Troop A, which serves western New York, can be reached at (585) 344-6200.