The volleyball coach of Maryvale High School has been accused of engaging in sexual misconduct with a 16-year-old boy.
Andrew T. Murtha, 39, of Depew, was arrested Thursday by State Police and charged with performing a criminal sexual act in the third degree and disseminating indecent material to a minor in the first degree.
Troopers from the Canandaigua barracks were dispatched to Phelps in Ontario County after the parents of the teen discovered their son had left home to meet Murtha, who was in the Rochester area for a travel volleyball tournament and reached out to the boy on social media.
Murtha is a volleyball coach for Maryvale High School in Cheektowaga as well as a travel boys team in Lockport.
Maryvale School Superintendent Joseph D'Angelo released the following statement to WIVB-TV, Channel 4:
"We are aware of these serious charges and we are cooperating fully with the State Police Investigation. To clarify, this individual is not a member of the high school staff/faculty. He was employed as a volleyball coach."
Police said Murtha had exchanged messages and photos with the boy, using a social media app, and had met him for sexual purposes.
Murtha's vehicle and cellphone were seized and searched after a search warrant was executed Thursday in Cheektowaga by State Police investigators from the Canandaigua, Clarence and Buffalo barracks.
Murtha, who was arrested in Cheektowaga, was taken to the Canandaigua barracks for processing. He was arraigned in the Town of Phelps Court and remanded to Ontario County Jail in lieu of $2,000 bail.
The investigation is continuing.