Man accused of unlawful contact at Kennett Y

A former Kennett High football player who set school records in 2009 was arrested on Tuesday, Feb. 24, for allegedly soliciting sex from a minor he met at the Kennett YMCA, state police said in a press release.

Tyrone A. Rochester, 23, of Kennett Square, an employee at the Y, is accused of establishing a relationship with the victim, who is now 15, and using Facebook as his primary platform for communication from November 2012 through September 2013, police said.

According to an e-mail from Andrea Youndt, the senior vice president and COO of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine, "We were informed on Wednesday, Feb. 25, by Pennsylvania State Police of the charges against Tyrone Rochester. Mr. Rochester was immediately suspended without pay as soon as we were notified by law enforcement. Mr Rochester was a part-time program instructor at the Kennett Area YMCA. His employment with the Y began on March 13, 2013. The Y has had no reports or indications of any incidents occurring at the Kennett Area YMCA. The Y is fully cooperating with this investigation by law enforcement officials."

Rochester was released on $5,000 unsecured bail to await a preliminary hearing on March 10, court records said. He faces charges that include criminal solicitation for statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of a minor, and drug offenses, records said.

Police said an investigation is continuing. Anyone with knowledge of this incident or who has experienced similar incidents is asked to contact Tpr. Jason Sperazza at the Avondale barracks: 610-268-2022.


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