Ukrainian coach held in Pa. on teen sex charge
Thursday, January 26, 2012
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Ukrainian hockey coach charged with fondling a teen player in Philadelphia will remain in custody until a bail hearing next week.
A public defender told a judge Friday that he needs more time to find friends of 48-year-old Ivan (ee-VAHN') Pravilov (PRAH'-vuh-lahv). Defense lawyer Mark Wilson hopes to find someone willing to house the coach until trial.
Federal prosecutors call the coach a danger and flight risk. They will oppose bail when the hearing resumes Wednesday.
Pravilov is charged with taking a 14-year-old Ukrainian boy to the coach's Philadelphia apartment this month and fondling him. He is also accused of threatening a teenage witness.
Pravilov entered the U.S. in 2007 on a work visa and runs hockey camps in several states for foreign and U.S. players.