- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—A former Yough High School assistant baseball coach accused of asking a teenage boy to send him nude photos via text message will seek entry into a probationary program.

Casey M. Gilkey, 45, of South Huntingdon waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday in Rostraver before Magisterial District Judge Charles Christner.

If Gilkey is accepted to the Westmoreland County Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program for first-time, nonviolent offenders, he will not be required to admit guilt.

If Gilkey successfully completes the program, he can petition the court to have his criminal record wiped clean.

Gilkey was charged June 5 with child pornography, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors and photograph/film/depict on computer sex act — knowingly or permitting child.

Defense attorney Mark Bolkovac said that should Gilkey be accepted to ARD, he will not be allowed to serve as a coach during the probationary period.

“This was a prank. The trooper did his investigation, and we did our own investigation. And both of those, I think, confirmed that this was a prank,” Bolkovac said.

Attorney Ashley Lovelace, who also represents Gilkey, said the goal will be to have his record expunged.

Gilkey likely will be in the program for two years, Bolkovac added. Lovelace claimed in June that her client never had any interest or intent in obtaining nude photographs.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Yough baseball players were eating in Dino’s Sports Lounge in Unity after a game at Derry on April 1.

While there, a server allegedly passed the alleged victim a piece of paper with a phone number and the name “Alexis” on it.

On the bus ride home, the teen began a text-message conversation with “Alexis,” and the pair continued to chat the next day, he told police.

The person the boy believed to be Alexis actually was Gilkey.

On a bus ride to a baseball game in Uniontown, team members asked the victim to request nude photographs from Alexis, according to the complaint.

“Alexis replied that if he would send a picture, she would send one back,” Trooper Joseph Lauricia wrote in a criminal complaint.

At some point, the conversation became sexual.

When the teen returned home, he twice sent photos of his genitals to Alexis, police said.

Another baseball coach, whom officials did not identify, later told the teen and investigators that Alexis actually was Gilkey, who was playing a prank, police said.

Lauricia wrote in the complaint that Gilkey admitted posing as Alexis and texting the teen.

Gilkey will appear for an ARD hearing in Westmoreland County Court 9 a.m. Sept. 23.

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