Pittsburgh-area basketball coach blames child porn on computer on players or stepchildren
Aliquippa boys basketball coach Nicholas Lackovich has been charged with two counts of sexual abuse connected with the alleged knowing possession of five images of child pornography. It’s the knowing part of that charge which Lackovich is arguing against.
As reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Beaver County probation officer had the images discovered on his mobile devices and computer during a search into claims that he took part in an illegal dogfighting ring. Lackovich is not arguing that the images were on his personal property, he’s just insisting that he didn’t have anything to do with how they got there.
“Unequivocally and absolutely I’m innocent,” Lackovich told the Post-Gazette. “I’m not going to sit back and just take this. I’m in a fighting mode. As intense as I am on the sideline as a coach is as intense as I am right now about fighting this.
“Do you know how many people and kids and players I’ve had at my house in the past year? I have a daughter and two stepdaughters that stay with me sometimes. Just because something shows up on computers at your house doesn’t make you the guilty one.”
Despite his professed innocence, Lackovich has resigned from his position at Aliquippa to keep the charges against him from distracting the team in the season ahead. He’s also been suspended from his day job as a probation officer pursuant to the conclusion of the dogfighting investigation which initially landed him in trouble. Lackovich has already announced his intention to retire from Beaver County, but its likely that his future days as a coach will also be ended by the scandal currently surrounding him as well.
“Coaching was what I wanted to do the rest of my life,” Lackovich told the Post-Gazette. “I love Aliquippa basketball. But some people want to make sure I’m ruined.”