Coach Learns “Sexting” Players Still Terrible Idea

Pop quiz, coaches of America. Let’s say you’re young, male, single, and in charge of a girls’ soccer club. Do you: A) send sexually explicit text messages to a 16-year-old player of yours, B) do anything and everything to avoid Answer A, or C) teach them to fight to the death with chainsaws.

Jimmy Riverso Unfortunate Picture
(”Hey, there’s nothing wrong with this! Her jersey clearly states she’s 18! That’s legal!”)

The correct answer is B, of course, and if you said C… you’re scaring us. Unfortunately, Le Moyne College’s soccer coach Jimmy Riverso (pictured above, probably imagining the girl naked) apparently chose A. The 28-year-old was also the coach of a youth soccer team in nearby Syracuse. As the NEW YORK POST mentions, that meant it was underaged-sextin’ time:

The college says it is looking for a new coach to replace James Riverso, who was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and disseminating indecent material to a minor.

Police say the girl, who was 16 at the time, complained in May that Riverso sent the numerous text messages to her beginning last July.

The 28-year-old Riverso had been a coach with the Syracuse Girls youth club the girl played for. He became the head coach at Le Moyne in 2006.

Look, here’s the deal. Riverso’s 28. The last point at which he should have been able to so much as tolerate the behavior of a 16-year-old girl would have been at least a decade ago. 16-year-olds’ bodies may be maturing, but they’re children. They’re not adults. And it’s so easy to tell by observing them for, oh, about 10 seconds.

All that said… 10 months before she registered a complaint about sexually explicit texts? Oh, children can be cruel, too.

One particularly unfortunate detail from Riverso’s staff bio at Le Moyne, which probably needs to get taken down, like, immediately:

Before returning to his alma mater, Riverso began his professional career as a case manager for the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program at P.E.A.C.E. Inc.

Jimmy! Bad big brother! Bad! No touch!