Former Northern HS basketball coach guilty of 'sexting' student


The former head coach of Northern High School's varsity basketball team — who police said repeatedly sent sexual texts to a high school girl — has pleaded guilty to corruption of a minor.

Ronald McDonald repeatedly "sexted" the girl despite her insistence to him that "nothing is ever going to happen" between them, according to court documents.

McDonald, 40, of Ashley Drive in Carroll Township, entered his plea to the misdemeanor charge on Tuesday in York County Court.

As part of a negotiated plea agreement, he was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to have "no contact whatsoever" with his victim, court records state.

Defense attorney Jerry Russo said McDonald's probation can end in three years if he pays his fines and court costs and doesn't incur a new offense.

According to Carroll Township Police, McDonald sent inappropriate texts to two Northern York County High School girls in 2013 and 2014.

Russo said it was later determined one of the students was 18 and therefore not a victim, which is why McDonald pleaded guilty to just one count of corruption of a minor.

One of the students told detectives McDonald started sending her text messages in September 2013.

She said he started out by texting her "silly faces, which she said was weird," documents state.

After a few weeks of the former coach asking her if he could "trust her with talking and texting," he told her he "finds her attractive, likes her attitude and (the) way she goes about things," according to documents.

'Paradise' promised: His texts then became more graphic as McDonald tried to convince the girl to have sex with him, police allege.

"Let me take you to paradise," he wrote, according to documents.

The girl told police McDonald sent her so many texts it became annoying, and she tried to ignore them, police said.

But police said McDonald was persistent about the girl meeting him outside school to have sex.

She said McDonald called her on Feb. 4, 2014, to ask if she'd reported him to anyone, because he had received a call from the school's athletic director to request a meeting, police said.

'Nothing yet': After that meeting, McDonald continued sending the girl text messages, according to police, and made it clear to her he would "definitely" get fired if anyone found out.

The girl said she texted McDonald that nothing physical had happened between them, and he replied, "Well, nothing yet," court documents state.

The girl then texted back, "Nothing is ever going to happen," police said.

The second alleged victim, a Northern High junior, told police she received texts from McDonald in 2013.

In those texts, he wrote, "I wish you were older" and "blondes do it best," as well as something about "sitting on Santa's lap," court documents state.

Suspended: The school district suspended McDonald when it received a complaint about him on Jan. 30, 2014, district spokeswoman Vangie Unti said at the time.

As of Feb. 16, 2014, McDonald was no longer employed by the school district and had no access to its students, Unti has said.

Russo said McDonald is extremely remorseful.

"He lost a job he had for 22 years as a result of the publicity, and he's lost the respect of his community because he broke trust that he had established over a lifetime as a basketball coach," Russo said. "With the support of his family and his friends who have stood by him through this ordeal, he is doing everything he can to re-establish that trust."

Senior deputy prosecutor Chuck Murphy could not be reached for comment.

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