EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 13, 2013

Former hockey coach jailed for 14 days

By Jo-Anne MacKenzie

---- — SALEM, N.H. — A former youth hockey coach is in jail for failing to repay money he took from “hockey moms.”

Steven Poliskey, 38, was found in contempt Thursday by 10th Circuit Court Judge Michael Sullivan. He started serving a 14-day jail sentence that had been suspended in June 2012, as part of a plea deal.

In 2012, Salem police received complaints from five families about Poliskey. They claimed he took money from them for a youth hockey tournament, but never registered the team for the event and never repaid the money.

He was convicted June 13, 2012, of a single misdemeanor charge of theft by misapplication of property. Under the terms of a plea deal, his 30-day jail sentence was suspended with conditions, including he repay nearly $750 by March 12 of this year.

In October, Poliskey paid $220 toward that amount and told his probation officer he would make $100 monthly payments until the debt was paid.

He never made another payment. Last month, Salem police prosecutor Jason Grosky filed a court motion, asking that Poliskey be held in contempt and his suspended sentence be imposed.

In court Thursday, the judge asked whether Poliskey stole money from “hockey moms.”

Defense attorney Neil Reardon told the judge a friend of Poliskey’s was prepared to pay the balance of the debt. The lawyer asked Sullivan to accept that payment and not send Poliskey to jail.

It didn’t work.

Sullivan described Poliskey’s actions as “scurrilous” and said it warranted imposing his suspended jail sentence.

The former coach was sent to jail to serve 14 days of the original 30-day sentence. The balance of his restitution debt was paid in full Thursday, according to Lt. Robert Morin Jr.

Polisky was a youth hockey between 2011 and 2012, before the league terminated him in January 2012, after the theft was discovered.