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Former ARHS coach denies child rape charges

  • Anthony Florio, Jr, of Amherst, second from left, enters the courtroom for his arraignment Tuesday in Hampshire Superior Court. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Anthony Florio, Jr, of Amherst, second from left, enters the courtroom for his arraignment Tuesday in Hampshire Superior Court. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Anthony Florio, Jr, of Amherst, waits for his arraignment Tuesday in Hampshire Superior Court. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Anthony Florio, Jr, of Amherst, standing, enters the courtroom for his arraignment Tuesday in Hampshire Superior Court. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Anthony Florio, Jr, of Amherst, right, exits the courtroom after his arraignment Tuesday in Hampshire Superior Court. GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Anthony Florio, Jr, of Amherst, center, is arraigned Tuesday in Hampshire Superior Court. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Anthony Florio Jr., of Amherst, exits the courtroom after his arraignment Tuesday in Hampshire Superior Court.



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Thursday, August 03, 2017

NORTHAMPTON — A former volunteer Amherst Regional High School basketball coach is being held on $30,000 bail after pleading not guilty to 13 charges in court, including aggravated child rape and enticement of a child under 16.

Anthony Florio Jr., 33, of 740 Riverglade Drive, Amherst, has been in custody at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction since May 9 when he was arrested and subsequently charged in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown.

In addition to the enticement and rape counts, Florio pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Hampshire Superior Court to seven counts of posing or exhibiting a child nude, three counts of disseminating matter harmful to minors and defacement of property.

With the agreement of Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Anne Yereniuk and defense attorney Alfred Chamberland, Judge Richard Carey ordered Florio held on $30,000 bail — the same amount that was set in the lower court. Carey also imposed conditions that Florio not have direct or indirect contact with anyone under the age of 16, submit to GPS monitoring and stay away from and have no contact with the alleged victim. Florio is still allowed contact with his own children.

The alleged incidents occurred in Amherst and Hadley between September 2016 and April 2017 with the same individual, according to indictments. The Gazette does not generally identify alleged victims of sexual assault.

Following Florio’s arrest May 9, parents and guardians were notified by Amherst Regional High School Principal Mark Jackson that Florio would not be allowed to participate in any school district activities.

Florio had undergone a criminal background check through the Criminal Offender Record Information system, as is customary for anyone with unsupervised access to high school students, according to Jackson’s statement. He served as a volunteer coach for the school’s varsity boys basketball team for the past two seasons.

Emily Cutts can be reached at ecutts@gazettenet.com.