Coach Ordered to Perform Community Service for Stealing $15,000 from Clarence Youth Baseball Team Account

Modified: October 24, 2022 4:23pm

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 41-year-old Peter J. Pavlovich of East Amherst was sentenced last week before Erie County Court Judge Suzanne Maxwell Barnes to a conditional discharge. As part of his sentence, Pavlovich was ordered to complete 150 hours of community service.

The defendant admitted to stealing approximately $15,000 while serving as a baseball coach for the Town of Clarence Baseball Association. The defendant made numerous unauthorized ATM withdrawals and deposited some player registration fees into his personal bank account between June 2017 and June 2020.

The theft was discovered following complaints by parents about the team’s finances and suspicious accountings filed with the Clarence Baseball Association. The defendant subsequently admitted to the crime when questioned by members of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.

Pavlovich pleaded guilty to one count of Attempted Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree (Class “A” misdemeanor) on June 13, 2022. As part of the plea, he paid full restitution of $15,000 to the Clarence Baseball Association.

DA Flynn commends Detective Daniel Brinkerhoff of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office for his work in the investigation.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Christopher P. Jurusik of the Special Investigations and Prosecutions (SIP) Bureau.