James Civello, a former squash coach at the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, plead guilty to one (1) count of Corruption of Minors as a result of an “inappropriate sexual relationship” he carried on with a 16 year old student he coached while employed at the school.
The facts, as alleged, included that the victim and Civello had engaged in sexual conduct at various places, including hotels, the Haverford train station, and the victim’s own Lower Merion residence, during their tryst which lasted from April 2011 through June of 2011. Civello pled guilty in Norristown before Montgomery County Judge William R. Carpenter. Civello faces a maximum sentence of 2 1/2 to 5 years for the charge.
As a Montgomery County criminal lawyer who has handles a variety of sex crimes, I would suspect that Civello will not receive a lot of jail time as a result of his plea, if he gets any at all, in light of the fact that he was not convicted of any type of rape charge since the victim was 16, which is the age of consent in Pennsylvania. The judge does have the option of sentencing Civello to a term of probation. The judge may also consider that the sexual acts that occurred between them were consented to by both parties. Still, all in all, its a pretty unseemly set of circumstances for Civello