Lafayette Hill resident and former Plymouth Whitemarsh High School swim coach Michael Dolan has been arrested on felony charges related to disseminating and possessing child pornography. MoreThanTheCurve.com has also confirmed that this is the same Michael Dolan who was convicted in 2009 of sending inappropriate text messages to a high school student he coached. Dolan served two years in prison and five years probation for that conviction.
According to today’s press release from Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele, on December 9th, Montgomery County Detectives received five cybertips from Google that were relayed from the Delaware County ICAC Taskforce. The tips involved 12 videos and five still photos found on a Google Drive account. The videos and images depicted children ages 2 to 14 engaging in sexual acts and/or poses and were determined to be child pornography. The investigation found that the IP address associated with the Google Drive account belonged to a computer in Dolan’s home on Center Avenue in Lafayette Hill.
A search warrant was executed on December 11th and Dolan’s iPhone 8 Plus and a Dell laptop computer were seized. From the press release:
A forensic analysis of the laptop found 137 images of child pornography, at least 10 of which depicted children under the age of 13. The analysis of the cell phone is ongoing. Dolan was arrested and charged with felony distributing and possessing child pornography, as well as criminal use of a communications facility. He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Deborah A. Lukens, who set bail at $250,000 cash. He was also ordered to have no unsupervised contact with children and no Internet usage. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m., Dec. 31, 2019, before Judge Lukens. Major Crimes Detectives of the Montgomery County Detective Bureau, along with specially trained and sworn detectives from police departments in Montgomery County, routinely work with the ICAC Task Force to protect children from Internet predators by aggressively and proactively investigating Internet crimes that exploit children. The case will be prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Samantha L.R. Cauffman.
The investigation was a joint effort between Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, East Norriton Township Police, Whitemarsh Township Police Department and the Pennsylvania Internet Crimes Against
Children Task Force.
Photo: Montco DA Office