Coach accused of inappropriate relationship waives charges


UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A former swim coach has agreed to a tentative plea deal for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a swimmer, which included sending the boy thousands of text messages.

The (Uniontown) Herald-Standard reports that Laurel Highlands waived her charges of stalking and harassment to court Wednesday in Uniontown.

The 43-year-old Ruffs Dale woman received a tentative plea deal of 100 hours community service and admission into a special probation program for first-time offenders.

The former swim coach at YMCA of Laurel Highlands, coincidentally, and Geibel Catholic High School is accused of sending the boy nearly 4,000 text messages over a three-month span in 2012. Police say she continued texting the boy, whose age wasn’t specified, even after being confronted by his mother.

Highlands’ defense attorney didn’t immediately comment Thursday.