Police Release New Details in Arrest of Former Cathedral Prep Assistant Coach, Barber National Institute Worker
A former Cathedral Prep assistant basketball coach and former Barber National Institute employee is out on bond after he was arrested in Georgia for attempting to meet with a boy he spoke with online.
Gregory Mancini, 29, of Erie, is charged with attempt to commit child molestation and obscene internet contact with a minor.
Mancini traveled from Pennsylvania to Hall County, Georgia to meet a 13-year-old boy he spoke with online, according to the Sheriff's Office.
They said contact started over a video game voice chat while playing Fortnite, which turned sexual in nature over the course of several weeks.
The boy told his mother the man said he planned to travel to Atlanta to meet with him. That's when law enforcement became involved. They opened an investigation Oct. 23.
Undercover officers arrested Mancini on Nov. 3.
He was released on a $16,900 bond on Nov. 8.
The Barber National Institute told Erie News Now that Mancini resigned Nov. 10 as soon as the charges were brought to its attention. He worked there since April 2015, primarily with children with behavioral challenges, and no concerns or complaints were raised about his behavior during his time there, according to a spokesperson.
The Erie Catholic Diocese told Erie News Now Mancini was also an assistant basketball coach for Cathedral Prep until the day that the school was informed of his criminal activity, but he has not been involved with either school since.
According to a letter sent home with Prep and Villa students, Mancini previously worked as a substitute until 2015.
The letter said there were never any reports of inappropriate behavior with a minor prior to his arrest.
He passed all of the required background checks before working at Prep and Villa.
He has since been added to the Erie Catholic Diocese's Public Disclosure List as "awaiting trial."
Statement from Barber National Institute
The Barber National Institute wishes to ensure families that the safety and wellbeing of the children and adults we serve is our highest priority.
All employees undergo rigorous screenings that include Pennsylvania State Police and Childline clearances as well as FBI fingerprint clearances and are required to complete Act 31 mandated reporter training. All clearances were completed for this former employee and no criminal records were found or any other indication that this former employee had been accused of any improprieties. No accusations or reports of improprieties regarding this employee had been made to the Barber National Institute by any client, the parent of a client, or any other person during his tenure as an employee of the Barber National Institute.
Concerns expressed by individuals or family members regarding any employee are addressed immediately by the Barber National Institute. Parents/guardians are informed about grievance procedures that they are encouraged to use to bring complaints to the administration. If we become aware of any complaints that might be in violation of the law we promptly report them to the appropriate authorities.
The former employee was employed by the Barber National Institute from April 2015 until he voluntary resigned on November 10, 2018. Although no concerns or complaints were raised at any time prior to his resignation about this former employee’s conduct, the Barber National Institute is conducting an internal review relating to his employment.
Letters will be sent to parents/families whose children utilized any services or programs where they may have had contact with this former employee. Families or anyone in the general public that would like to express complaints or concerns should contact Jennifer Kennedy, vice president for Governance, Risk Management and Compliance, at 814-480-6807 or jkennedy@BarberInstitute.org.
Read the letter sent home with students