Former track coach sentenced in child pornography case

A former track coach at Archbishop Spalding High School was ordered onto the state's sex offender registry and placed on probation Tuesday after a prosecutor said he exchanged sexually explicit images by cellphone with a female student.

Brian Timothy Funk, 40, of Pasadena, entered an Alford plea Tuesday to one count of solicitation of child pornography, not admitting guilt but acknowledging that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him. He will be on the sex offender registry for 25 years.

Anne Arundel County prosecutor Pamela K. Alban told Circuit Judge Paul A. Hackner that Funk took advantage last year of his role as the coach of the team at the Catholic school in Severn.

He had been seen kissing the girl, who was involved with the track team, according to Alban.

She said the relationship surfaced after the girl's father, suspicious that his daughter may have lied to him, tracked her to a movie theater in Linthicum last July 16 and saw Funk and the girl arm-in-arm and kissing. Funk and the girl admitted to swapping sexually explicit photos and videos of themselves, Alban said, but they told county police investigators they had not been physically intimate.

The girl said in court that since the allegations became known, she has been miserable and longtime friends have abandoned her.

"If I had it my way, I wouldn't attend my own graduation," she said.

Her father had harsh words for Funk, a married father of two, saying his daughter had skipped senior events after being shunned. Other parents no longer want to have anything to do with his family, the father said.

"Justice can only be served by labeling you what you are, a predator," the father said.

The Baltimore Sun is not identifying the girl because she is alleged to be the victim of a sex crime.

Funk, who withdrew last summer from a job he was about to begin as a track and field coach at the Catholic University of America, said he is in counseling and realized that "I allowed the boundaries to blur" with the girl.

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