Former Rockland County diving coach indicted on federal sex charges

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WHITE PLAINS – A former diving coach in Rockland County was indicted and arrested on Wednesday for allegedly using his position to sexually exploit young athletes.

Victor Byrne, 56, now lives in Orlando, Florida.

The offenses allegedly occurred in July 2006 when he transported a 16-year-old girl from Cape Cod, Massachusetts to Rockland County with the intent to engage in illegal sexual activity.

In February 2008, Byrne allegedly transported a 16-year-old girl from New Jersey to Rockland with the intent to engage in illegal sexual activity.

From about 2001 until at least 2009, Byrne was a diving coach in Rockland, who coached a team of competitive divers.

Both victims are adults now and are law enforcement officers. One is a police officer in New York, the other is a special agent with Homeland Security Investigations.

“This case illustrates that the passage of years will not prevent us from holding accountable those who prey on children,” said U.S. Attorney Damian Williams.

Byrne is charged with two counts of transporting a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity. One count carries from five to 30 years in prison. The second county carries a sentence of from 10 years to live in prison.