Bail set for former Tolman H.S. wrestling coach

By: Samantha Lavien
Slavien@abc6.com
Twitter: @samanthalavien

Former Tolman High School wrestling coach David Veccharino faced a judge Monday morning for a bail review.

Bail was set at $5,000 and he was ordered to stay away from minors and stay off the internet.

Last week police say several sexually suggestive videos of underage boys were found on the 32-year-old’s cell phone.

Veccharino who’s charged with 5 counts of child pornography coached both wrestling and JV football. He was at the Pawtucket high school for nine years.

Because of the serious nature of these allegations, ABC 6 News sat down with the Executive Director of Day One, a sexual assault and trauma resource center, to find out what parents of any of his formers players should know.

“I think it’s really important to be pro-active and not wait until someone comes forward,” said Day One Executive Director, Peg Langhammer.

In terms of what specifically parents should ask?

“Bring up the conversation that, I saw that this individual was fired and was in possession of pornography, I know he was your coach,” said Langhammer. “I think there are certain things that they (parents) can say, like if you ever want to talk about anything that made you feel uncomfortable with him I’m here to listen.”

Langhammer says Day One has reached out to Tolman High School to see if they’d like help working through this process.

Langhammer says it’s important to make kids feel comfortable about speaking up.

“Set the stage and have an environment where children know we will believe them, and that we are here to talk about whatever might have happened,” said Langhammer.

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