The U.S. Attorney's Office is continuing an investigation into alleged inappropriate texts

HENRIETTA — A youth swim coach is facing charges after police said he sent inappropriate text messages to someone he thought was a 16-year-old girl.

At a press conference Friday morning, police announced the arrest of Matthew Lincoln, who is accused of sending graphic photos to a young girl and describing sex acts he wanted to engage in. Investigators said Lincoln planned to meet her on Valentine's Day and bought a teddy bear, chocolate and a card.

What he didn't know was the girl he allegedly texted with was an undercover agent.

Lincoln served as the head coach and program director of the Golden Comets, a private swim club that is not affiliated with Rush-Henrietta schools but does rent from area school facilities.

Henrietta Town Supervisor Stephen Schultz issued the following statement on Lincoln's arrest: "We were recently informed that Matthew Lincoln, a former part-time town employee, was arrested on federal charges of soliciting a minor per 18 U.S.C. g 2422(b). This individual was a swim coach and pool site supervisor for the Golden Comets swim team and it was through those auspices that he was paid by the town’s Recreation Department to schedule activities associated with programs offered by the swim team as well as to provide instruction and training to staff and participants.

“In 2017, the Golden Comets Swim Team Board took over full operations of this program and at that time, Lincoln was removed from the town payroll.

“First, our heartfelt sympathies go out to the victims and the victims’ families.

“The town takes the protection of children very seriously and performs a background check on prospective employees in the Recreation Department or any job that involves working with children. The town has and will continue to fully cooperate with the various law enforcement agencies involved."

Investigators said they are concerned there could be more victims as Lincoln worked closely with children over the years.

"What's particularly disturbing about this case is the fact that Mr. Lincoln served as the head coach and program director for the Golden Comets Swim Club," U.S. Attorney James Kennedy Jr. said. "This raises concerns for law enforcement and our investigation is ongoing."

 

Parent concerns

For parents who are concerned their child could be a victim, call the Bivona Child Advocacy Center at 585-935-7800. The center can walk parents through the process and how to talk to children about this. If you believe something criminal took place, call 911.