Coach 'Accidentally' Sends Sexual Video to Girls' Soccer Team

A coach of a girls' high school soccer team is in major trouble for sending a video of himself masturbating to some girls on the team. Jeffrey M. Sirois, 57, uploaded a video of himself masturbating via Snapchat, a video and picture sharing app, and it appeared in one girl's phone. Now Sirois faces some serious charges -- obscenity, risk of injury to a minor, and breach of peace -- and had to post a $100,000 bail. Yet he swears it was all just a horrible mistake.

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After a girl on the team received the video, she reportedly called over some friends who were with her at a pizza restaurant and showed them the video too. Another student who was friends with Sirois on Snapchat checked his account, but the video had been deleted.

The girl who originally saw the video told the Hartford Courant:

We were all shocked by what we saw in the video and were talking about it.

The girls reported the video to another athletic coach, who contacted the school's athletic director and principal. Soon the principal was in touch with Sirois.

Sirois' explanation for sending such a horrible thing? He had actually meant it for his girlfriend, and when he checked his phone to see if she had received the video, and realized she had not, he looked to see where it had gone, and the shocking realization dawned that the video had gone to his entire Snapchat group. Whoops!

I'm not a Snapchat expert. In fact, I don't use the app; however, if he sent it to a group of people, and not just one girl, wouldn't that prove it was a mistake?

No one who works with kids, or who has kids on their phone, or is connected to them in any way via their phone should be sending anything like this on their phone for this exact reason. Mistakes like this are too easy to make!

However, it seems like his story could be verified. Sirois says he and his girlfriend would exchange these types of videos occasionally. So did he have videos sent to her that he could show the cops? Could she confirm his version of events?

Despite his pleas of innocence, the school fired him anyway.

These days, all it takes is the quick flick of your finger to ruin your life, and people need to be more cautious, but other people need to be more compassionate too. What is this guy's history? If he has absolutely no history of anything untoward, and his computer and phone come up clean, then he maybe he really did make a terrible mistake and shouldn't have his entire life destroyed.

Should he be put in prison for this?

 

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