In May, 2012 when I first wrote about the touchy feely swim coach in the West Chester Area School District I took some heat in the comments for being harsh.
Well I hate to say I told you so, but I was right and former West Chester Rustin High School swimming coach Kenneth Fuller has pled guilty in Common Pleas Court.
God help his poor family. Through no fault of their own they get to live this every day with him.
I have said it once, I will say it again, I am sick of predatory authority figures whether teacher or clergy or anyone else. And these school districts need to pay better heed to issues teachers are having. Take for example the teacher booted from Conestoga High School around Christmas for being blotto drunk on the job. That stuff doesn’t happen overnight.
I have to say sometimes I tire of all the whining you hear regarding contracts, pay, and benefits from teachers when their school district contracts are up for renewal. I think that people might be more amenable at times to them getting a little more here and there if they took their moral obligation to our children more seriously. That includes those who work with someone that they know is doing wrong by kids.
Teaching is an honorable profession, but teachers/coaches like this guy Kenneth Fuller are without honor. Sorry, but I find taking advantage of kids despicable. And to put his family through this is despicable too. And selfish. Hope he gets help in the clink.
Published: Thursday, January 17, 2013
By MICHAEL P. RELLAHAN
WEST CHESTER – The former West Chester Rustin High School swimming coach pleaded guilty Wednesday to engaging in an inappropriate sexual relationship with one of his female team members.
Kenneth Fuller stood before Common Pleas Court Judge David Bortner and admitted that he had taken the girl, then 17 years old, to a hotel and an area park in the spring of 2012 and had sex with her after supplying her with alcohol.
He also admitted that he had helped fake a doctor’s letter for her that would excuse her from missing class when the two had one of their trysts. Finally, he acknowledged that after his arrest in May, he had continued to contact the girl about his case – although there is a disagreement about what exactly he said and why.
Fuller, dressed in a blue business suit, striped dress shirt and tie, said little during the 30-minute hearing in Bortner’s courtroom besides saying he understood the rights he was giving up in entering his guilty plea, and understood the charges against him. He was accompanied by family members and his attorney, Vincent DiFabio of Paoli….Fuller, 48, of East Goshen, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of endangering the welfare of children, which carries with it a possible maximum sentence of 3½ to seven years in prison, and a standard recommended sentence of between three months and one year in jail.