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Mayfair man pleads guilty to molestation charges

A former soc­cer coach from May­fair last week pleaded guilty to sev­er­al child-mo­lesta­tion and child por­no­graphy charges. Vin­cent Mickle, 34, will be sen­tenced Sept. 19.

He’s been im­prisoned since his ar­rest in March 2010 on charges he used so­cial net­work­ing sites on the In­ter­net to try to lure teen­age girls in­to sexu­al re­la­tion­ships. As­sist­ant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Mi­chael Stack­ow said Mickle did have sex with one of the girls, a 16-year-old, in 2009.

Stack­ow told Com­mon Pleas Court Judge Har­old Kane on June 7 that Mickle used the In­ter­net to make con­tact with the girls, and, on some oc­ca­sions asked them to send him nude pho­tos of them­selves. Some did. Mickle sent one girl a photo of his penis.

The as­sist­ant dis­trict at­tor­ney also said Mickle gave some un­der­age girls al­co­hol, and he gave marijuana to one girl.

Be­fore ac­cept­ing his guilty pleas, Kane asked the Tees­dale Street res­id­ent his edu­ca­tion level and if he un­der­stood the charges against him. Mickle told the judge he un­der­stood the charges. He said he has an as­so­ci­ate’s de­gree and had been con­tinu­ing his stud­ies at Holy Fam­ily Uni­versity.

Sev­er­al charges of pos­ses­sion of child por­no­graphy were ad­ded to Mickle’s case in Oc­to­ber. After his ar­rest in 2010, Mickle’s com­puter was ex­amined and sev­er­al por­no­graph­ic im­ages of minors were found, po­lice said.

Be­sides plead­ing guilty to so­li­cit­a­tion to com­mit stat­utory sexu­al as­sault and to com­mit in­vol­un­tary de­vi­ate sexu­al in­ter­course, un­law­ful con­tact with a minor, and cor­rupt­ing the mor­als of a minor, Mickle pleaded guilty to 15 counts of pos­sess­ing child por­no­graphy. 

“If he were sen­tenced to the max­im­um peri­od of time for each charge, he could face a sen­tence of 165 years to 330 years,” As­sist­ant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Gwenn Cujdik told the North­east Times.

After last week’s hear­ing, Mickle’s at­tor­ney, Mi­chael Patrick Par­kin­son, said that, after look­ing at the evid­ence as­sembled by the dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice, he felt it was in his cli­ent’s best in­terest to plead guilty.

Mickle had lots of leg­al con­tact with young­sters be­cause he had been a coach for the Light­house Soc­cer Club, but at the time of his ar­rest last year, po­lice stressed all charges against Mickle stemmed from his use of the In­ter­net and not from his coach­ing activ­it­ies. ••

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