Bishop Grimes Assistant Volleyball Coach accused of sending inappropriate text messages to student

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ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — An assistant volleyball coach at Bishop Grimes Junior-Senior High School is accused of sending inappropriate text messages to a teenage girl.

James Ansbrow II, 26, of Syracuse, was fired from his job at Bishop Grimes as soon as the school was made aware of the allegations.

Detectives with the Abused Persons Unit received information from a school official, which sparked an investigation that ultimately led to Ansbrow’s arrest.

Ansbrow is facing a felony charge of disseminating indecent material to a minor and a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child. He was arraigned last week and released from custody. He’s due back in court next month.

The Sheriff’s Office is looking for additional information and asks anyone who can help their investigation to call the Abused Persons Unit at (315) 435-3092.

Bishop Grimes is conducting its own internal investigation, while also cooperating with the sheriff’s office investigation.

A spokesperson for the Syracuse Roman Catholic Diocese released a statement to NewsChannel 9, saying:

Bishop Grimes Administration was notified by the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department that a former Assistant Volleyball Coach had been arrested and charged with disseminating indecent material to minors in the first degree and endangering the welfare of a child.  A letter was immediately sent home to all Bishop Grimes families notifying them of this news.  In the letter, parents were reminded of Bishop Grimes’ commitment to safe environment and the protection of all children in their care.  Parents were once again encouraged to discuss appropriate communication practices with their child(ren).  School Administrators are not at liberty to discuss specific information involving the arrest. 

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