By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/17/12
A high-ranking Philly lacrosse leader, coach and umpire has been charged with harassment and stalking for allegedly sending anonymous e-mails to the Archdiocese claiming that the high-profile football coach and the lacrosse coach at Lansdale Catholic had engaged in sexually solicitation and sexually assault of students.
Tim Udinski, 43, of Doylestown, was arraigned today before District Judge Harold Borak and released under $25,000 unsecured bail after being charged with four counts of stalking and two counts of harassment. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 27 at 10:30 a.m. before District Judge Harry Nesbitt III in Horsham.
Udinski is the President-elect and a board member of the Philadelphia Lacrosse Association. He is President of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Youth Lacrosse Association and is the co-founder of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel youth lacrosse program. He also is the assistant boys’ coach at Council Rock South, a coach for the Bucks Select club program, and a referee in the region.
Two years ago Udinski served as boys’ lacrosse coach at Lansdale Catholic. He was dismissed after the season after he also was falsely accused of improper conduct with players; and authorities allege that to get back at the school for firing him he sent seven vicious e-mails to the Philadelphia Archdiocese.
In these e-mails, authorities allege that Udinski sent false claims of sexual abuse, claiming long-time Lansdale Catholic football coach Jim Algeo had sexually solicited a player.
Authorities also allege that Udinski sent e-mails claiming that his replacement, Nick Pison, had sexually assaulted students. Udinski also accused the Lansdale Catholic principal of failing to take any action regarding the alleged misconduct, according to reports.
reached by telephone, Udinski was unable to comment on the charges.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said Udinski’s offenses are angering because they came in the midst of the national spotlight on child-sex abuse to destroy reputations.
“When accusations like this are made, they do so much damage,” she said to the Inquirer. “How do you undo that? How do you unring that bell?”
According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by the county detectives, Udinski confessed to the crimes when confronted last month.
“I was mad at the school for the way I was treated. I was just furious,” he told county detectives, the filing said.
Detectives spent more than 180 hours interviewing Lansdale Catholic students and staff while investigating the sex-abuse complaints, authorities said. The first e-mail allegedly sent by Udinski was received on Oct. 19, 2011 and went until May 9, 2012.