Friday, July 25, 2014

Former Canon-McMillan soccer coach charged with inappropriately texting student

A Trinity graduate and former Canon-McMillan boys’ soccer coach was charged Friday with inappropriately texting a male student at Penn-Trafford.

Michael Garet, 31, who is now employed at Penn-Trafford High School as a Spanish teacher, was formally charged with misdemeanor counts of stalking, harassment and disorderly conduct. He has been on leave from the district since the investigation began in February.

WTAE broke the story and it can be found here.

Garet graduated from Trinity in 2001 before attending Washington & Jefferson College. He coached the Big Macs until 2010 when he was replaced by the program’s current head coach, Larry Fingers.

Police secured serach warrants and reviewed dozens of messages allegedly between Garet and a 17-year-old male student from Nov. 23, 2013 through early February.  The conversations ranged from meeting up during school hours to Garet inviting the boy to attend PITT basketball games.

Garet is awaiting a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 9.

At Trinity, Garet was the National Soccer Coaches Association Player of the Year as a senior when he recorded 22 shutouts in 56 career games as a goal keeperand finished with a goals-against average of 1.31 as a three-year starter.

A Section 5-AAA all-star and all-WPIAL performer, Garet was also selected as an All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association.

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