Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Upper St. Clair Police Focus of Inquiry over Sex Abuse Case

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Upper St. Clair Police Focus of Inquiry over Sex Abuse Case

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Allegheny County detectives are investigating the Upper St. Clair police department after learning that officers there in 2013 received information about a possible sexual assault of a minor at the township recreation center but failed to inquire any further or report the incident to the state as required by law.

Upper St. Clair officials denied the accusation and in a statement said that the "Township took prompt and appropriate action back in 2013 with the information provided at that time."

Those developments occurred Tuesday when Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. announced the arrest of a former head lifeguard at the Upper St. Clair Community Recreation Center on various charges that he assaulted a teenage lifeguard whom he supervised.

Michael Andrew Kelly, 29, of Castle Shannon was arrested Friday and charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, sexual assault, endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors and indecent assault stemming from incidents that Allegheny County Police Superintendent Charles Moffatt said occurred from late 2011 through 2013.

Mr. Kelly faces a preliminary hearing on the charges on Sept. 24. He was released from the Allegheny County Jail on Tuesday after posting a $100,000 bond.

According to Mr. Moffatt, Mr. Kelly stopped working at the rec center in 2013, and was recently employed at the Allegheny Valley School. He has a teaching certification in physical education.

Todd Loeb, with NHS Allegheny Valley School, would not confirm Mr. Kelly's position at the school, his hire date or any other issues but said that he is on administrative leave.

Mr. Kelly would not have interacted with children there, though. The school serves adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

According to the criminal complaint, the alleged victim got a job at the Upper St. Clair recreation center as a lifeguard when she was 15 and a sophomore in high school.

Mr. Kelly was the head lifeguard at the facility and the girl's supervisor.

"He appeared to be very friendly/flirty and they engaged in conversation often, some of which were voice calls and texts," the complaint said.

Some time later, it continued, Mr. Kelly followed the teenager into a storage room, closed the door, exposed himself and demanded the teen engage in a sex act. The girl was fearful, police said, and did what she was told. The same scenario occurred at least twice more.

The complaint said that Mr. Kelly continued his advances toward the girl, and eventually she started to go with him to his house - after her mother dropped her off to work at the rec center - where they had sex. He would then drive her back to the facility for her to work her afternoon shift.

Those incidents occurred twice while she was 16 to 17 years old, police said. …

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