Mount Vernon youth baseball coach had a sexual relationship with 16-year-old player, DA says

June 16, 2021– A Mount Vernon man who coached local youth sports teams and who engaged in sexual acts with a minor was arraigned today in Mount Vernon City Court, Westchester DA Miriam E. Rocah announced.

Robert Pope, 30, of Mount Vernon, is charged with three counts of Criminal Sexual Act in the Third Degree. He is alleged to have engaged in sexual acts with a 16-year-old on two separate occasions in recent months. Pope is a volunteer coach at Mount Vernon High School and also coached other youth sports teams in the Mount Vernon area.

“We will not tolerate adults engaging in sexual acts with minors, and we encourage any other victims of Robert Pope to come forward,” DA Rocah said. “This matter came to light because the mother of the victim became concerned about material that she found on her child’s phone, and I encourage all parents to remain vigilant about their children’s activities and interactions with others.”

Individuals who are victims of Pope or have other information regarding this matter can call the DA’s Office Hotline: 914-995-TIPS (914-995-8477).

The matter was investigated by the Mount Vernon Police Department.

The defendant was arraigned before Judge Lyndon Williams in Mount Vernon City Court, and is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Marissa Wynn.

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