Former coach at Erie Catholic school arrested in Georgia while meeting 13-year-old boy

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By Amanda Klein | December 4, 2018

A former assistant coach for a Catholic school in Erie has been arrested in Georgia after authorities say he traveled there to meet a 13-year-old boy he met online.

According to investigators with the Hall County Sheriff’s Department in Gainsville, Gregory Mancini contacted the boy while playing the popular online game Fortnite.

Over a period of several weeks Mancini and the boy chatted over video using an Xbox during which time Mancini turned the conversation sexual.

After the child’s parents became aware of the conversstions investigators posing as the boy continued to communicate with Mancini.

Mancini agreed to meet with who he thought was the boy at a shopping center. However, as authorities pulled up to meet him Mancini quickly drove away but was arrested a few blocks away.

He was an assistant coach at Cathedral Prep, a Catholic all-boys prep school and had also worked as a substitute teacher at another Catholic school.

School officials told parents in a Dec 3 letter reporting his arrest that Mancini “is not permitted to associate with the school or with our students in any capacity pending the outcome of the legal process.”

Mancini is charged with criminal attempt to commit child molestation.

Amanda Klein can be contacted at amanda.klein@grantstreetnews.com

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