Palm Beach County, FL – A junior varsity cheerleading coach from Boynton Beach Community High School who was arrested for having a romantic relationship with a 14-year-old girl in February of 2022 pleaded guilty to two felony charges on Monday and only got probation for her crimes.
The investigation began after the 14-year-old student showed her mother inappropriate Instagram messages from her coach, WPTV reported.
The arrest report said the student and her mother went to the Boynton Beach police and reported the incidents.
The 14 year old showed detectives messages from 27-year-old Kassidy Sottilare that said the coach wanted to “spoil and [expletive] with her,” WPTV reported.
Detectives used the student’s Instagram account to communicate with Sottilare as the 14 year old and the coach tried to talk to the girl about sex and smoking, WPEC reported.
JUST IN: @pbcsd cheer coach, Kassidy Sottilare, 27 had been placed under house arrest by a PBC judge. She faces two 2nd degree felony charges including offense against a student by an authority figure & traveling to meet a minor. @WPBF25News pic.twitter.com/OgUOJphCTH— Jossie Carbonare WPBF25 (@wpbf_jossie) February 23, 2022
Sottilare was ultimately arrested on Feb. 22, 2022 after police posing as the teen managed to convince her to meet up with them in Boynton Beach.
On Feb. 6, the now-former JV cheerleading coach pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a two-way communications device, offense against student by an authority figure, and driving on a revoked license, WPEC reported.
Cheerleading coach Kassidy Sottilare, 27, of Lake Worth Beach is charged with offense against student by authority figure. @cbs12 pic.twitter.com/KRYpyC72ia— Al Pefley (@PefleyAlCBS12) February 23, 2022
The judge sentenced Sottilare was to five years of probation and 100 hours of community service.
The former coach will also have to undergo a complete psycho-sexual evaluation within 30 days and take any mental health treatment recommendations, WPEX reported.