PITTSFIELD — A former Pittsfield boys baseball coach is facing charges for allegedly sending explicit images of himself to two Taconic High School girls, according to court documents.
Scott Nimons, 36, of Pittsfield, is accused of "soliciting or attempting to solicit unlawful pornography" from two female Taconic students and sending inappropriate messages on Snapchat and other platforms, according to a Pittsfield Police report.
Nimons last served as an assistant baseball coach at Pittsfield Public Schools for about three months starting in March 2019, according to a statement released Friday afternoon by Jim Abel, athletic director for the district. He coached junior varsity, the police report states.
One of the girls contacted school staff at Taconic on June 11 of this year and said that Nimons sent inappropriate images and videos of himself to her on Snapchat, police said. School officials made a referral to the Department of Children and Families, which generated a report and forwarded it to police.
During a July 7 interview with specialists in the field of child sexual abuse, which was recorded and provided to police, the girl said Nimons sent the messages over a period of a week and a half, and that he also was sending them to other girls.
Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington said the case remains under investigation and urged any other potential victims to contact detectives at the Pittsfield Police Department.
"While I can't speak in detail about this case and ongoing investigation," she said in a statement, "we see these types of allegations far too often and [it] is very important for young women to have the courage to come forward knowing that there are trusted adults who will support them."
On July 20, a second girl told investigators that she, too, had received explicit images from Nimons, and that he promised to give her marijuana and alcohol in exchange for explicit images of herself.
Abel, the athletic director, said that Nimons "supervised" male athletes during his time on coaching staffs for local high school and youth baseball teams, and noted that Nimons' alleged offenses occurred well after his stint as a JV coach.
"The alleged incidents of misconduct did not take place on school grounds, did not involve student-athletes on the baseball teams that were under [his] supervision ... and did not occur during a time in which the individual was employed by the Pittsfield Public Schools," he said in the statement.
Abel said student safety is the district's top priority, and it takes "immediate action, and acts accordingly, when investigating any reports of misconduct tied to the well-being of youth."
He noted that Nimons "has never been a full-time employee of the Pittsfield Public Schools."
"We remain committed to taking any and all steps necessary to ensure the ongoing safety and security of every child in our community, both in school buildings and at home," he said.
Nimons pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Thursday to two counts of obscene matter to minors, and one count each of child in nude, lascivious pose/exhibit, and trafficking of a person under 18 for sexual servitude.
A judge ordered Nimons released on the conditions that he stay away from and has no contact with the two female Taconic students, and he may not use social media to contact anyone younger than 18.
He also has to stay away from Taconic High School and several locations connected to the two female Taconic students.
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