For­mer LC coach waives pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing

North Penn Life - - News - By Bradley Sch­legel bschlegel@jour­nal­reg­is­ter. com

Tim rdinski, the for­mer lacrosse coach at Lans­dale Catholic ac­cused of mak­ing “de­lib­er­ate” false ac­cu­sa­tions that school per­son­nel had com­mit­ted sex­ual mis­con­duct, waived his right to a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing Wed­nes­day be­fore Dis­trict Judge Harry Nes­bitt.

rdinski, 43, faces six mis­de­meanor charges, in­clud­ing four counts of stalk­ing and two counts of harass­ment, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion posted on Penn­syl­va­nia’s 8nL­fiHG -uGLFLDO SyVWHP wHb por­tal.

The bail for rdinski — a Doylestown res­i­dent — will re­main at $25,000 un­se­cured, ac­cord­ing to his at­tor­ney, Sharif Abaza.

A for­mal ar­raign­ment in the Mont­gomery County Court of Com­mon Pleas has been sched­uled for Oct. 10 at 9:30 a.m. in Nor­ris­town, ac­cord­ing to Nes­bitt’s court.

rdinski and Abaza emerged from the court — lo­cated at the Baby­lon Busi­ness Cam­pus on Sheehy Drive in Hor­sham — at 11 a.m., 15 min­utes be­fore the hear­ing was orig­i­nally sched­uled.

The de­fen­dant ap­peared be­fore Nes­bitt ear­lier Wed­nes­day morn­ing, ac­cord­ing to an em­ployee at the court. “It was a waiver,” she said. Speak­ing to re­porters af­ter the hear­ing, Abaza de­clined to com­ment on the na­ture of the charges.

“Clearly there were some mis­takes,” the lawyer said. “But I don’t be­lieve this definHV Dn LnGLvLGuDO.”

The de­ci­sion by Dis­trict Judge Harold Borek, of Lans­dale, to re­cuse him­self from the case caused its trans­fer to Nes­bitt’s court.

,n -uOy, BoUHN’V oI­fiFH said it could not com­ment fur­ther on the na­ture of the re­cusal.

Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the Mont­gomery County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s oI­fiFH, 8GLnVNL “GHOLbHUDWHly” made false ac­cu­sa­tions WKDW oI­fiFLDOV wLWK WKH VFKooO had com­mit­ted sex­ual mis­con­duct.

Be­tween Oct. 19, 2011, and May 31, 2012, on seven sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions, rdinski al­legedly sent false claims of sex­ual abuse in anony­mous emails to the Arch­dio­cese of Philadel­phia, ac­cord­ing to WKH D$’V oI­fiFH.

Au­thor­i­ties claim that in these emails, he claimed that both the Lans­dale Catholic football and lacrosse coaches were en­gaged in sex­ual so­lic­i­ta­tion of play­ers on their re­spec­tive teams. rdinski also ac­cused the Lans­dale Catholic prin­ci­pal of “fail­ing to take any ac­tion re­gard­ing the al­leged mis­con­duct,” ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease.

rdinski for­merly worked as the head lacrosse coach at the Catholic school and was “the tar­get of un­founded ac­cu­sa­tions” him­self, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

Photo by GE­OFF PATTON

Tim Udin­ski, left, leaves dis­trict court in Hor­sham with his at­tor­ney Aug. 29.

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