Soccer Coach Faces Child Porn Charges

DUNMORE, Pa. -- Authorities in Lackawanna County filed child pornography charges late Wednesday afternoon against a youth soccer coach.

Michael Burrell, 42, of Dunmore, faces more than 200 counts of child porn charges. Lackawanna County detectives brought Burrell to the courthouse to be criminally processed and arraigned.

An internet search shows that Burrell was once a director and vice president of the Dunmore Green Ridge youth soccer league.

According to court papers, Burrell told detectives that he is still a coach for the league.

Detectives showed up at Burrell's home on Quincy Avenue in Dunmore Wednesday morning with a search warrant. Court papers show that they found more than 200 images of child porn on thumb drives in Burrell's office.

Burrell denied knowing about the child porn.

The D.A.'s office tells us that Burrell is scheduled to be arraigned on a total of 219 felony charges sometime Wednesday evening.

9 comments

    • gutterratt

      Unfortunately it’s part of the peddies’ “checklist,” to get around and close to children. Can’t trust everybody but that doesn’t mean all our kids’ youth leaders are pervs. There’s got to be other signs to look for like; trying to get alone with them or a little bit too much touchy, feely, huggy,..
      I ran a children’s ministry in one church wherein this single guy in his 30’s wanted to work with the kids and I told him that I generally only had couples or women working with the younger kids and the guys were best for the older kids and no teacher was to be alone with any kids and that everyone was to be paired off. He used to come downstairs to the children’s church ALL the time even tho he wasn’t involved. Always hugging the kids too; ALL the time. I have enough.
      Most of the parents and the pastor said I was the one with “the dirty mind.” I eventually left.

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