Hockey coach gets 1 year in jail for unlawful sexual contact

Published 11-20-2018

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A youth hockey coach from Pennsylvania has been sentenced to one year in jail in Delaware for unlawful sexual contact with boys nearly three decades ago.

The News Journal reports that 57-year-old Walter Ferinden of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on Friday. He pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful sexual contact in June. The crimes first reported in 2016 involved two boys under age 14 and occurred in the late 1980s and 1990s.

Ferinden coached youth hockey and conducted skating clinics in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York and Vermont through the 1990s and as recently as 2010.

In September, Ferinden pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual contact related to two victims in Burlington and Gloucester counties in New Jersey in the 1990s.

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