NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The former St. Rose High School baseball coach charged with child endangerment will not be placed on probation and will not have to register as a sex offender, under a plea deal that is expected to bring the seven-year case to an end.
Bartholomew “Coach Bart” McInerney, 51, pleaded not guilty on July 10 to 10 counts of fourth-degree child endangerment, according to officials. He will be sentenced on August 25 in Middlesex County Superior Court.
In 2010, McInerney of Spring Lake was initially found guilty of the charges, which resulted after some baseball players at the Belmar-based catholic high school came forward in 2007 with claims that he engaged in sexually explicit conversations and text messages with him. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison, but the conviction was tossed out by an appeals court that ruled the judge did not provide proper instructions to the jury. After that ruling, the case was moved to Middlesex County.
Also as part of the plea arrangement, McInerney will not have to serve any additional prison time. Because fourth-degree charges in New Jersey are the lowest tier of a criminal offense, he will not be subjected to registering as a Megan’s Law sex offender, according to the state’s criminal code.
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