high school coach

By: Ann Givens, Jonathan Vigliotti and Nicole Fierro

I-Team NBC New York

A New York State Police investigator and high school coach was arrested by the FBI last week on charges of child pornography.

Sean Michael Pagano, 37, was the assistant coach for the boys lacrosse team at Rocky Point High School since December of 2013. He is accused of downloading multiple videos depicting underage girls in child pornography to his computer. Pagano, who has been working as a narcotics investigator since 2002, has been suspended without pay as the investigation into these charges continues.

Pagano began coaching as a volunteer but soon was offered a paid position with the school’s lacrosse team. According to school Superintendent Michael Ring, Pagano was required to undergo a background check prior to employment, which he allegedly passed. Following the school’s notification of these accusations, Pagano lost his coaching position with the school. In addition to coaching high school, Pagano was also the head coach for the Briarcliff College men’s lacrosse team from 2009 to 2013. However, the college has yet to confirm these allegations.

In March, 2013, Pagano was first discovered downloading videos of young girls engaged in sexual acts when the FBI raided a home in Alaska that distributed child pornography. According to FBI records, Pagano exchanged emails with other members of the website, looking to obtain more child pornography. Pagano claims that he intended to send the videos and information to the State Police Computer Crime Unit but that he deleted the videos before he did so. According to state police, Pagano was not authorized to conduct investigations into child pornography.

At his arraignment in federal court on April 3rd, Pagano pleaded not guilty to the charges and is currently being held without bail. If he is convicted, Pagano faces up to 10 years in prison.