A former McKeesport-area college professor and youth basketball coach accused of sexually assaulting multiple boys waived his preliminary hearing on Wednesday.
Eric Fairman, 27, of Pleasant Hills was scheduled to appear before District Judge Michael W. Thatcher on multiple charges, including indecent assault, unlawful contact with minors, corruption of minors and lawful sexual assault.
His attorney, Chuck Porter, told WPXI news partners that one of the reasons they chose to try their luck in Allegheny County Court was to not bring the young alleged victims to testify this morning- the.
“It’s a traumatic thing for them to have to come and testify and be cross-examined,” Porter told WPXI.
Nearly a dozen young people between the ages of 10 and 13 claim to have had inappropriate encounters with Fairman.
A boy, identified in court documents as victim number 10, told investigators he was sexually assaulted at Fairman’s in the spring of 2021, at an unoccupied house this summer and at a basketball tournament.
The boy said Fairman performed sexual acts on him and asked him “to send inappropriate things, including showing body parts,” police said.
Fairman also sent photos of himself to the boy, police said.
Another boy, identified as victim number 11, told investigators he was 13 when Fairman had inappropriate physical contact with him in a school parking lot in 2017, court documents show.
Police say Fairman gave the boy edible marijuana candies, sent numerous pictures of his genitals to the boy, and offered the boy $200 to perform a sex act on him.
Fairman was originally charged Sept. 1 with multiple counts of indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor, bribery of minors and criminal communications in connection with alleged incidents involving at least four boys. He resigned from his teaching job the day before the charges were announced.
On September 8, Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Edward J. Borkowski denied Fairman’s request to post bail and be released on electronic home monitoring.