BETHEL PARK (KDKA) – A local coach has been charged after being accused of crossing the line with a teenage girl.

Brian Dankert, was hired as a strength and conditioning coach by an outside group to work with the Bethel park High School softball team.

According to police, he was sending inappropriate pictures and having a sexual relationship with a teenage student.

He became friends with the girl in question on Facebook.

According to the criminal complaint, the girl’s mother found pictures of Dankert’s body parts on her daughter’s cell phone.

The girl told police that their relationship started on Facebook, which progressed to cell phone pictures and ended with sexual encounters at Dankert’s home in South Park.

The school has issued a statement regarding the charges.

“We were notified by the Bethel Park Police Department and are cooperating fully with their investigation. Mr. Dankert has never been employed by the district, nor is he a contractor with the district. None of the items listed in the complaint happened on our property. Mr. Dankert is no longer permitted on our property and if he is spotted, he will be arrested.”

Dankert is expected to face a preliminary hearing on Monday and he is currently free on bail.


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