Football Coach Arraigned on Child Pornography Charges

Formal charges were filed Tuesday morning against a high school football coach accused of making child pornography.

Joseph Ostrowski, the varsity football coach at Holy Redeemer High School in Wilkes-Barre, was arrested Monday afternoon.

He was arraigned about 11 a.m. Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Scranton.

Ostrowski walked into the courthouse wearing shackles and handcuffs and dressed gym shorts and a Holy Redeemer t-shirt.

That coincides with what students said about Ostrowski’s arrest Monday. Students said the coach was arrested inside the Holy Redeemer weight room by federal agents.

Once inside the courtroom the judge read the charges Ostrowski faces including production and attempted production of child pornography and interstate extortion.

Joe Ostrowski began his coaching career at Holy Redeemer High School less than a year ago, but now he is behind bars.

Federal agents accuse the Meyers High School graduate of producing and attempting to produce child pornography and extortion.

According to court papers, “the defendant did knowingly use, persuade, induce, and entice a person under the age of 18 to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of transmitting a live visual depiction of such conduct.”

Students at Holy Redeemer reacted today with shock.

“I got a text from somebody, and it was I saw it and it was wow.  I couldn’t even believe it,” said junior Michael Mocion.

Ostrowski graduated Meyers High School in Wilkes-Barre in 2002 and then played football at Lycoming College.

He began his coaching career at Lake Lehman High School in 2006, then held a coaching position at G.A.R. High School from 2007 to 2009.

Ostrowski was hired in 2011 by the Diocese  of Scranton to be the head coach of the Holy Redeemer football team.  The team went 0-11 in the 2011 season.

The child pornography charges carry a sentence of 15 to 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Ostrowski remains in custody.  A detention hearing is scheduled for Thursday to determine if the football coach can be released on bail.

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