BRISTOL - Police are investigating a former Bristol swimming coach after a video of him showed up on a website run by vigilantes who target sexual predators.
Nick Daddabbo’s position with the school system was abruptly severed after he was identified as the man in a video on the POP (Prey on Predators) Squad website.
“Following notification of a posting on social media, Nick Daddabbo is no longer employed by the Bristol Board of Education,” the Bristol Superintendent’s Office said in a statement issued Monday, declining to elaborate on whether he resigned or was terminated.
Police said they received a complaint from Bristol school officials on Saturday, prompting their investigation.
“We received a complaint and we’re looking into it,” said Lt. Richard Guerrera, declining to comment further.
The Pop Squad is a local group that has been responsible for numerous arrests involving individuals who allegedly arranged meetings with who they thought were underage children. Many of the investigations involve text conversations that were sexual in nature leading up to the meeting.
According to Maureen Brummett, superintendent of the Plainville Community Schools, Daddabbo was a swimming coach at the middle school in Plainville from 2010 to 2016. He was a substitute teacher there from April 2015 to February 2016, when he resigned to take a job in Bristol, Brummett said.
During Daddabbo’s time in Plainville, there were no complaints filed against him and everything in his background came back clean, Brummett added. She was already aware of the video when The Bristol Press inquired about Daddabbo on Monday, saying someone had sent her a web link to it. Upon seeing the video, she contacted police and the Bristol school system.
During the video, one of the POP Squad members alleges that Daddabbo believed he was chatting with a 14-year-old boy for about three weeks.
“I don’t remember how old he was,” Daddabbo said.
The POP Squad member also told Daddabbo that he will turn over the video and chat logs to police if investigators ask him for them - which he said happens often in other cases. According to its website, the POP Squad has done 105 investigations like this, many of which have resulted in criminal charges.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.