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Ex-coach to plead on 2nd sex case


February 19. 2013 10:01PM
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SCRANTON – A former Holy Redeemer High School football coach charged with attempting to produce child pornography plans to plead guilty to similar charges filed against him in Michigan, according to court documents.


Joseph Ostrowski of Wilkes-Barre recently agreed to transfer the Michigan case to federal court in Pennsylvania for a guilty plea, according to court papers filed in Michigan.


Ostrowski was indicted by a grand jury in Michigan in August. Authorities said Ostrowski tricked people into performing sexually explicit acts that they transmitted over the Internet.


He recorded the acts and then sent them to others via the social networking site Facebook.


In the Pennsylvania case, Ostrowski is accused of posing as a female on Facebook to trick a male Wilkes-Barre teenager into emailing nude photos of himself, according to an arrest affidavit. He then used the images to try to extort the teen into sending more photos.


The affidavit indicates the Pennsylvania case stemmed from the investigation in Michigan. That probe began after a Michigan State University athlete told authorities he had been tricked by a person who posed as one of his friends on Facebook into performing a sex act that he transmitted over the Internet.


The man said he agreed to perform the sex act, thinking it was part of a hazing ritual. He learned he had been duped when he saw the friend he thought had made the request and the man told him his Facebook account had been hacked.


Based on that case, authorities obtained a search warrant for Ostrowski's computer. A forensic analysis revealed evidence of conversations he had with the teen in Pennsylvania.


Ostrowski's attorney, Philip Gelso, declined to comment on whether Ostrowski plans to plead guilty to the Pennsylvania charges.


No date has been set for the plea to the Michigan case.




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