MERIDEN — A former swim coach is being investigated after he was featured in the latest video from POP Squad, a vigilante group targeting sexual predators.
Nick Daddabbo, 26, a former swim coach at the Meriden-New Britain-Berlin YMCA and Bristol and Plainville schools, is seen in the video posted Friday sitting in his car while being confronted by POP (Prey on Predators) Squad members at an unspecified location. Daddabbo believed he was meeting a 14-year-old boy with whom he had exchanged sexual messages for several weeks, according to the group.
“I don’t remember how old he was,” Daddabbo said when confronted in the video. He did not return messages left on his cell phone and home number in Plainville.
Meriden police Sgt. Darrin McKay said the detective bureau is investigating along with Plainville police after being alerted to the video by the Y. McKay said detectives will work to corroborate information and determine whether they have jurisdiction. As of Monday no criminal charges had been filed.
Y Director John Benigni issued a statement saying officials “are aware of allegations against a member of our staff and are working with local and state authorities as part of their investigation.” The employee no longer works for the Y, he said.
Bristol School Superintendent Susan Kalt Moreau said in a statement that “following notification of a posting on social media, Nick Daddabbo is no longer employed by the Bristol Board of Education.”
He was head of the Bristol co-op boys high school team after serving as assistant swimming and diving coach at Bristol Eastern. He previously worked at Plainville middle school as swim and diving coach from 2010 to 2016 and as a substitute teacher from April 2015 to February 2016, according to a statement from Plainville Superintendent Maureen Brummett.
“During his time with us there were no reported incidents and his background checks were fine,” Brummett said. “He left our district in 2016 to take a position with Bristol Schools.”
Benigni also noted that a background check found no criminal record.
Reporter Devin Leith-Yessian contributed to this story.