2017-04-20 / Front Page

Coach Sentenced In Sex With Student Case

STAFF REPORT

A former McConnellsburg High School athletic director and boys basketball coach was sentenced Tuesday in Fulton County Court of Common Pleas to three to 23 months in Bedford County Jail, 36 months of probation and ordered to comply with the sexual offender notification and registration act for 15 years. The sexual predator classification was not sought.

Dane Robert Pollock, 33, McConnellsburg, pled guilty to felony corruption of minors defendant age 18 or younger at the January 17 term of court. He was incarcerated in the Franklin County Jail following that plea.

In a scandal that shocked the community, Pollock was accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl who was a student at the Central Fulton School District. Pollock was a part-time contractor with the school district acting as its athletic director, and was not a teacher.

Judge Jeremiah Zook confirmed with defense attorney Brian Perry and District Attorney Travis Kendall that they accepted the pre-sentence investigation and recommendations compiled by the Franklin County Probation Department. He also said he had read “each and every one” of the 60 letters that had been submitted to the court on Pollock’s behalf.

Speaking to the defendant, Judge Zook said that in reviewing the pre-sentence investigation and the letters it was obvious that “you have had a profound impact on your community. … Your fall from grace is no doubt the most difficult time of your life.”

Zook told Pollock that lots of people had stepped up for him and have faith in him, and that he hoped Pollack would vindicate their interest. “I hope you can use this as a learning experience and to overcome,” the judge said.

Pollock was given credit for approximately three months of time served. He was made eligible for parole home plan, however, Zook ordered that he undergo a mental health evaluation to be reviewed by the court before parole could be granted. Pollock was also fined $250, court costs, evaluation fees and costs.

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