A former New Jersey Catholic high school baseball coach has been convicted of child endangerment for sending sexually explicit text messages to several boys.
A Monmouth County jury deliberated for nearly five hours over two days before convicting Bartholomew McInerney on 10 of 11 charges Friday. He was acquitted of the remaining charge.
McInerney testified that he encouraged players at St. Rose High School in Belmar to masturbate and offered them money to send him text messages when they did.
Monmouth County prosecutors said that constituted sexual misconduct, but McInerney testified it wasn’t for sexual gratification. He claimed it was an unconventional way to discourage his players from having sex with their girlfriends.
The 43-year-old Spring Lake Heights resident faces up to 100 years in state prison when he’s sentenced April 23.