“Our investigators assumed the boy's identity online, and continued the conversation,” Booth said.
Mancini agreed to meet at a strip mall, but when an unmarked car pulled up, he allegedly drove away.
Investigators, posing as the 13-year-old, contacted him again.
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“That's when he said, ‘I got spooked. I do want to meet you.’ That's where our investigators made contact with him,” Booth said.
Mancini was arrested on the spot and charged with criminal attempt to commit child molestation.
Mancini was an assistant coach at Cathedral Prep, a Catholic school in Erie. He was also a substitute teacher at Cathedral Prep and Villa Maria Academy until 2015. School officials said he passed all of his background checks, but when they learned of the arrest, he was fired.