A former coach from Montgomery County has been charged with making false sex abuse claims against officials with Lansdale Catholic High School. Tim Udinski, the former head lacrosse coach at the school, has been charged with stalking and harassment.
District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said Udinski, on seven separate occasions, sent false claims of sexual abuse in anonymous emails to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
In the emails, Ferman said, Udinski would claim the Lansdale Catholic football and lacrosse coaches were engaged in sexual solicitation of players on their respective teams.
Udinski also accused the Lansdale Catholic Principal of failing to take any action regarding the alleged misconduct, Ferman said.
The emails were sent between October, 2011 and May, 2012 and began after Udinski was fired from the school. His firing stemmed from repeated heated arguments with players and staff, Ferman said, and the school's principal told investigators that Udinski was "extremely upset about his firing."
Ferman said county detectives devoted more than 184 hours to investigating the accusations against the coaches. During the inquiry, law enforcement officers interviewed 97 people and executed 10 court orders and search warrants.
The allegations were later determined to be unfounded.
Udinski was later identified as the suspect and, when he was interviewed, Udinski allegedly told detectives that he made these false reports because, "I was mad at the school for the way I was treated. I was just furious."