PITTSFIELD — A junior varsity baseball coach has been charged with sex trafficking and other sexual misconduct charges, according to Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington.
Scott Nimons, 36, was arraigned Thursday in Central Berkshire District Court and faces four criminal counts including distributing obscene matter to a minor, posing a minor in the nude and trafficking for “sexual servitude,” according to court records obtained by The Republican.
It was not immediately clear whether Nimons has an attorney.
The allegations involve young women on the school’s baseball team, according to Harrington.
“Our concern right now, and one of the primary reasons why I’m talking to you, is that there could potentially be other victims and we very much would like for any other people in our community who have been victimized by Mr. Nimons to contact the Pittsfield Police Department,” Harrington told WAMC.
Meanwhile, the Pittsfield Public Schools system sent a vague press release earnestly distancing itself from Nimons.
“The Pittsfield Public Schools are aware of the allegations of misconduct associated with an adult member of the Pittsfield community with ties to local youth and high school athletics.
The adult individual suspected of being involved in the alleged misconduct, has never been a full-time employee of the Pittsfield Public Schools, the letter stated.
The alleged incidents of misconduct did not take place on school grounds, did not involve student-athletes on teams that were under the supervision of the individual suspected of the alleged misconduct, and did not occur during a time in which the individual was employed by the Pittsfield Public Schools,” the statement read, adding that school officials would not entertain further questions.
Harrington said the case against Nimons is headed for indictment in Berkshire Superior Court.
Harrington also denounced the allegations as a cultural problem for young women.
“This case is really indicative of a culture that we have here in our community, that young people and young women in particular just live in every day, and there’s a culture of sexual violence towards them. And in the district attorney’s office, we see a lot of this kind of treatment towards young women. Oftentimes, it’s peer to peer,” Harrington told WAMC. “So the fact that we have somebody who was an adult in a trusted position that is doing this is very, very, very, very concerning.”