New York State Police arrested a Coxsackie-Athens High School hall monitor and coach they say sexually abused children.
Vincenzo Multari, 45, of Athens, N.Y., was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, forcible touching, and three counts of third-degree sexual abuse.
Multari has been a part of the Coxsackie-Athens High School community for years.
“He was a good coach and a good person that I could look up to,” Griffin Hellen said.
Hellen, 16, played football for Multari. He thought he was a role model. But the news of his arrest was surprising.
“I knew him personally, and I never thought that he would.”
His mom, Helen, was stunned by the news.
“I hope it’s not true,” she said.
Her family lives across the street from the school and news of Multari’s alleged actions isn’t what their used to hearing in the small community.
“Quiet living across the street from the school. It’s shocking and a little scary.”
Just a few doors down, local mom Megan Valyou agreed that Multari seemed like a good person.
“He was a nice guy; the students liked him,” she said.
Her son was set to play football for him in the fall.
For now, there is no word on how many children may have been abused by Multari. In the meantime, Valyou and the rest of the parents in the area are just trying to understand how it could have happened.
“This really does hit close to home,” she said.
Multari was arraigned and remanded to Greene County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.