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Mass. hockey coach pleads not guilty to Polk teen sex charges

Dozens of additional charges Tuesday against a Massachusetts junior hockey coach accused of soliciting sex online from teenage boys in Polk County. Anthony "Tony" DeSilva was charged with 57 additional counts of using a two-way device to facilitate a felony and three counts of use of computer-misrepresenting age. He was also charged with two counts of traveling to meet a minor and two counts of encouraging a child in sexual performance. DaSilva, 41, pleaded not guilty to the new charges. He already faced 10 counts of using a computer to seduce a child and one count of transmission of harmful material. Bail on all 75 counts was set at $182,000.
He was taken into custody Nov. 15 at his home in Acushnet, Mass., and later extradited to Polk. Polk investigators say DeSilva used a cellphone to send 57 separate texts, emails, or Facebook messages to whom he believed were two Polk County juvenile boys, but were actually undercover detectives. Investigators said DeSilva encouraged the "boys" to send him naked photographs (engage in sexual performance) or to travel to Massachusetts to engage in sexual activity with him. Investigators said they traced the communications to DeSilva, longtime coach of the Mass Maple Leafs, a team based in southeast Massachusetts comprised of youths ages 16 to 20. The investigation is ongoing. "We don't know if there are other victims out there, but if there are, we hope that they will have the courage to come forward and contact their local law enforcement and ensure that DeSilva's crimes do not go unpunished," Sheriff Grady Judd said. "He is still safely being housed in our jail where he can't hurt anyone anymore."
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