Former Midlakes, Bloomfield athletic trainer pleads guilty to enticing minor

The former athletic trainer that worked in the Phelps-Clifton Springs school district has pleaded guilty to enticement of a minor.

It’s a charge that could carry a life sentence in federal court.

Austin Pratt, 32, of Conesus pleaded guilty to the charge on Wednesday in federal court. It carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.

James Kennedy Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York announced the guilty plea through a press release.

Federal prosecutors said the parents of a teen told state police they found text messages on their daughter’s phone from Pratt, who was serving as her athletic trainer in Geneseo.

Simple texts regarding an injury the girl suffered led to nude photos being exchanged between the two on social media, according to prosecutors.

Pratt was working in the Geneseo school district through a contract with UR Medicine Thompson Health. He had also been working in the Phelps-Clifton Springs and Bloomfield districts, too.

Thompson fired Pratt after his arrest in January 2019.