Former assistant Portland Pirates coach pleads no contest to sexual misconduct with a child charge

By Ben Holbrook | Sep 02, 2014

Belfast — A former goalkeeping coach with the Portland Pirates hockey team was sentenced to 60 days in jail after pleading no contest to sexual misconduct with a child under 14 years old.

Michael Minard, 37, formerly of Falmouth, but who now lists an address in Ontario, was the subject of an investigation by the Waldo County Sheriff's Office after the mother of a 13-year-old girl contacted police because she was concerned about her daughter having conversations with Minard, according to court documents.

Minard and the girl began communicating with each other through Twitter after the girl posted to the Portland Pirates page. The girl told police during an interview that Minard contacted her through his personal Twitter account and the two began exchanging private messages, court documents indicate.

Eventually, Minard and the girl exchanged cell phone numbers and the girl told police that she and Minard talked about hockey and a recent knee surgery she had undergone.

When asked if she had any sexual conversations with Minard, the girl admitted that she had. The girl told police she sent Minard photos of herself in a bikini top and underwear, as well as a photo of herself covering her breasts with her hands.

According to court documents, Minard sent the girl pictures of himself, including one of his genitals.

When police searched the girl's cellphone, no criminal activity was discovered, nor were any solicitous text messages, court documents stated.

Police eventually were able to interview Minard who admitted to having contact with the victim and to sending her a picture of his genitals. Minard cooperated with the investigation and was fired by the Portland Pirates organization Feb. 20, according to court documents.

He was then summoned by police for sexual misconduct with a child under 14 years old and solicitation of a child by computer. The solicitation charge was later dismissed, according to court documents.

Minard was also ordered to pay $560 in restitution to cover counseling costs for the victim.

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