Former McKeesport college teacher charged with child molestation

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Allegheny County police say a coach with various youth baseball and basketball organizations — who is also a former middle school teacher with the McKeesport Area School District — has been charged with touching in a manner inappropriate several players.

Charges have been laid against Eric Vincent Fairman, 26, of Pleasant Hills for 11 incidents over the past several years involving four victims, police said.

Fairman is charged with assault by a sports official, indecent assault, bribery of a minor, unlawful contact with minors and criminal use of a means of communication.

Fairman was a math teacher at Founder’s Hall Middle School and coached other districts in the area. He was also listed as a coach for several local youth sports teams.

According to criminal complaints filed in the case, the parents of four boys reported to the Jefferson Hills Police Department on Tuesday various incidents of inappropriate sexual touching involving Fairman, who was the children’s baseball coach. It was unclear which team the children – aged between 10 and 12 – were playing for.

In a police interview, a victim who was at a friend’s house for a sleepover said Fairman was drinking outside with his parents when he went upstairs and began touching the boy inappropriately, police said. Fairman would text the boy, who was in fifth grade, telling him he “loves him and will love him forever,” the complaint reads.

Another victim told police that Fairman would take her to Thomas Jefferson High School to lift weights and play basketball. They would then go to Fairman’s home in Pleasant Hills where Fairman would touch the boy inappropriately, police said. According to the complaint, the victim “felt that Fairman would manipulate him into believing it was normal.”

This happened at least six times, according to the report.

The victim told police he stopped talking to Fairman for six months. During this time, Fairman was sending her messages of himself crying, which made the victim “feel bad,” police said.

According to Allegheny County police, Fairman went to county police headquarters Thursday morning. He will be taken to the Allegheny County Jail for arraignment.

Officers have notified all known Fairman employers who involved child contact of the ongoing investigation.

According to a letter from Tia Wanzo, superintendent of McKeesport, Fairman resigned from her teaching position on Wednesday. Wanzo noted that the district is cooperating with the police and that “there is no indication that inappropriate conduct has occurred in our buildings and/or with our students.”

West Jefferson Hills Superintendent Janet Sardon released a letter Thursday morning saying Fairman was an assistant girls’ basketball coach at Thomas Jefferson High School, a former ninth-grade baseball coach and a former substitute teacher.

Upon notification of the police regarding the investigation, the district suspended Fairman from coaching basketball and informed him that he was not permitted on school property. Sardon said there was no indication that inappropriate contact took place within the school.

Anyone with information regarding Fairman is asked to call county police at 1-833-255-8477.

Megan Tomasic is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Megan by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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