A man who coached track and cross-country athletes at local schools, including Bishop Ludden Jr./Sr. High School in Syracuse, has been arrested on child pornography charges.
Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick announced the arrest at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.
The man, Martin Nicholson, 31, has been charged with use of a child in a sexual performance, two counts of possession of child pornography, one count of promoting child pornography, one count of unlawful surveillance, and one count of a criminal sex act in the third degree, Fitzpatrick said.
Fitzpatrick said authorities met earlier in the day with superintendents who oversee the Jordan-Elbridge School District, the Westhill School District, and Bishop Ludden — all locations where Nicholson coached in the past.
Nicholson coached Ludden students during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years, Diocesan Superintendent William Crist said. He was not directly employed by the school or the diocese in that capacity, Crist said, and he is not currently coaching Ludden students.
Fitzpatrick said that if parents have not been contacted by the State Police “your child is not one of the victims referred to in the arrest.”
The following statement was issued to the Bishop Ludden community:
“Bishop Ludden Jr./Sr. High School and the Diocese of Syracuse were informed today of the arrest of Martin Nicholson for serious crimes involving young children. We have been in contact with the district attorney and continue to cooperate with the investigation. Should you or your child have any information surrounding any interaction in person or on social media with Martin Nicholson, please contact the State Police Hotline at (315) 366-6000. The safety and security of our students is of paramount concern.”
This story will be updated.