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Edison coach charged with sex assault



††††††††† Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Edison Police Director Brian Collier today announced the arrest of an Edison lacrosse coach on charges of sexually assaulting a team member under the age of 16.


††††††††† David M. Prongay, (DOB 6/18/65) a township resident, was arrested February 18, 2009, at his home and was charged with aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.


An investigation by Edison Detective John Canavera and Investigator Frank DiNinno of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office determined Prongay sexually assaulted the child in the township on various occasions while serving as a lacrosse coach.


Following the arrest, bail was set at $250,000 by Superior Court Judge Lorraine Pullen.


Prongay, who is a general contractor, has served for the past five seasons as a volunteer coach for Edison Lightning, a lacrosse team for children in the seventh and eighth grades. The team is part of the Edison Lightning Lacrosse Club, which is sponsored by the Edison Township Recreation Department.


Anyone with information on the incident, or similar incidents, is asked to call Detective Canavera at (732) 248-7528, or Investigator DiNinno at (732) 745-3600.


As is the case for all criminal defendants, the charges against Prongay are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.




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