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Youth Coach Accused of Harassment

Police say Huntington man stalked rival coach after dispute.

A Huntington man who manages a youth baseball team was arrested Friday on charges of harassing another coach he'd gotten into a dispute with.

Suffolk County police said Robert Sanfilippo, 45, of 20 Timber Ridge Dr., stalked a rival coach’s family and sent threatening text messages to the competing coach.

Police gave this account: Sanfilippo, who manages the team Vengeance, a youth baseball squad of 10 and 11 year old boys, got into an altercation with another coach at a tournament in May. He later bought an untraceable phone and in August, sent several text messages with pictures, threatening to harm the victim, his son, and his wife.

Fourth Precinct Crime Section officers determined the phone belonged to Sanfilippo. He was arrested Friday during a game at Baseball Heaven, at 350 County Road 101, in Yaphank, at 5:15 p.m.

Sanfilippo is charged with 20 counts of aggravated harassment and one count of stalking. He is scheduled to be arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Central Islip.

Chris F September 22, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I for one find this newsworthy. The fact that the man bought an phone that was unable to be traced, and was charged with 20 counts might make this a little more then the run of the mill dispute. On the other hand this does paint a real quality picture of you.
Steve September 23, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Defending the indefensible,unbelievable,blame the victim?So you're saying that he should have confronted him,what are you hoping for a knock out,drag down fight at the game in front of the kids,maybe escalate that to a shooting,just idiocy!If that isn't bad enough you then have the nerve to blame the reporter,a job change for him?How about a complete attitude adjustment and brain change for you!
BK13 September 23, 2012 at 10:56 PM
What a psycho. Although the 'coach' in me is wondering what could have transpired between the two coaches to bring it to this level of insanity? You don't just go all 'boil the rabbit in the pot' over a minor disagreement.
jackie September 24, 2012 at 01:09 PM
I am the coach of a 9U baseball team and a woman at that , i see some amazing behavior from grown men, the fact that this fight occured in May and he was still seeking ironically, vengeance in August is extemely frightening and he should not ever be allowed to coach again.
Muto September 24, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Hey "Bill". is your last name Sanfilippo by any chance? Either that or I assume you were just kidding. Nobody can be that stupid.

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