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Former Williamsville track coach who sent sexual messages to child sentenced to 364 days

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A former Williamsville South High School track coach will spend just under a year locked up for sending sexually explicit images over social media to a child.

Daniel W. Syracuse, 39, of the Town of Tonawanda, pleaded guilty to one count of endangering the welfare of a child on July 8.

In 2015, Syracuse exchanged sexually explicit images and messages with a child who was less than 17 years old, according to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.

As part of the plea, the track coach gave up his New York State teaching licenses.

The 39-year-old will sit behind bars for 364 days in jail.

A final five-year order of protection was issued by Erie County Court Judge Susan Eagan on behalf of the victim.

Patrick Ryan is a JANY award-nominated digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2020. See more of his work here and follow him on Twitter.

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