Frank Warecke, coach in Conn. sex crime case, arrested in Larchmont after 'Dr. Phil' spot
A fugitive former Connecticut girls basketball coach -- wanted on a probation violation related to a conviction for having sex with one of his players -- appeared on the "Dr. Phil" television show Monday and was arrested in Westchester County on Wednesday, officials said.
Frank Warecke, 46, of Bethany, Conn., was found at a relative's home in Larchmont, Westchester County police spokesman Kieran O'Leary said.
Warecke had been charged with violating the terms of his probation. Authorities told WTNH-TV in Connecticut that Warecke cut off his electronic monitoring ankle bracelet in January.
He was sentenced to 10 years in prison in March 2004 after being convicted on a charge of having sex with one of his players at Henry Abbott Technical High School in Danbury, Conn., in 2003, according to a Connecticut court database. He served 25 months in prison and is a registered sex offender.
The ex-coach landed in trouble again last April after he violated probation by helping coach his son's youth basketball team. The terms of the probation prohibited unsupervised contacts with minors, O'Leary said. He served a month in jail for that violation, court records show.
Warecke and his wife appeared on "Dr. Phil" Monday in a segment called "My Husband is a Fugitive, but I Love Him." The pair insisted on his innocence on the show, and Warecke declared to host Dr. Phil McGraw, "I'm never going to turn myself in, never."
He didn't have to.
Investigators with the Connecticut Judicial Branch's Adult Probation department developed information that Warecke may have been staying with a relative on Dillon Road in Larchmont recently, O'Leary said.
The "Dr. Phil" show tapes its episodes in advance.
Westchester County police accompanied members of the Connecticut probation department's Warrant Fugitive Unit to the Dillon Road address at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday.
"They found him hiding in the attic," O'Leary said.
It was unclear whether Warecke's wife was with him at the time of his arrest.
Warecke was arraigned in Westchester County Court Wednesday and was sent to Westchester County Jail in Valhalla after waiving extradition to Connecticut, O'Leary said. He was still being held there Thursday, a jail official said.
An official at Bansley Law Offices of New Haven, Conn., confirmed Thursday an attorney at the firm is representing Warecke but declined to name the attorney or allow them to be interviewed.
It is the second recent Westchester County case involving sex charges against a girls basketball coach. Richard DiNizo, 58, of Cortlandt Manor was charged by State Police earlier this month with molesting three girls less than 13 years old around 2010. The girls were not players for the private girls youth league basketball team coached by DiNizo, investigators told News12. They would not say how he knew them.
With The Associated Press