BUFFALO, NY-- A former coach for the Eden School District plead guilty to having sex with two female high school students, ages 16 and 15.
Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita, III, says Justin Farrara, 27 of Hamburg plead guilty to two counts of rape in the third degree. The District Attorney says Farrara had sexual relationships with two girls in 2012 and 2014. This was after he was employed by the school.
Though police describe the girls as having been willing partners, because he was over 21 and they were under 17, in the eyes of the law, they were incapable of giving consent...thus Ferarra was charged with 3rd degree, or statutory rape, for which he faces to 8 years behind bars when he's sentenced in October.
According to the DA's office, school officials say they discovered information about the relationships through social media. Eden Police say they began investigating in April after being tipped to clues on the Twitter page of WNY Confessions.
Both victims were questioned and told officials about the relationship.
"I'm appalled, " said Eden Superintendent of Schools Sandy Anzalone. "We went through his file and his file had all upstanding recommendations....and there was absolutely nothing in his past that would indicate that that this was going to be an issue. He abused an authority that we give teachers or coaches or anyone that works with students."
Ferrara was an assistant wrestling coach at Eden Jr. Senior High from 2010 to 2012 during which time, sources say, he was more than once mistaken for a student.
But police say he abused both his youthful looks, and his position of trust, to engage in sex with at least two female students.
"They" classify him, as a classic predator.
"He would see the girls walking around the halls he would ask some of the students on the wrestling team who they were, and apparently would make it a point try and talk to them and get to know them," said Investigator Chris Wysocki of the New York State Police. "Eventually, he would exchange phone numbers with them and it just went on from there."
"Right now I truly believe there could be other (victims)," said Eden police detective John McCarthy. "We're asking that if you are a victim, that you come forward and we can get you the necessary help that you need."