NEW CITY, N.Y. -- A soccer coach who had teams in both Rockland County and New Jersey was sentenced Tuesday to six to 20 years in prison for having sex with an underage girl on his team.
Rockland Judge Kenneth Resnik sentenced Mark Starolpoli, 50, of Blauvelt, for five rape convictions. A jury convicted Staropoli in July of 38 felony charges and one misdemeanor involving the sexual relationship, which started when the New Jersey girl was 15 years old.
Staropoli, a married father of soccer-playing daughters, faces similar charges in New Jersey involving the same girl, his daughter's teammate on the Clarkstown Sports Clubtraveling team. Staropoli was a longtime soccer coach for under-16 and under-13 girls' teams run by the Clarkstown Sports Club. Staropoli's lawyer, David Goldstein, said his client maintains his innocence and would appeal the jury conviction to the state Appellate Division. He has said the girl's testimony conflicted with other evidence, and that the jury compromised on some rape charges. He said his client had telephone records and other evidence showing he was not in the county, despite the girl's testimony that he was. Goldstein said Staropoli was with his family during times the girl said she was raped.