Ukrainian hockey coach arrested on sex charges in Phila.

Posted: January 19, 2012

A Ukrainian hockey coach was arrested Tuesday on charges he transported two underage boys from Delaware to Philadelphia earlier this month to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

Ivan Pravilov, 48, who operates youth ice hockey camps in the northeastern United States, is in federal custody awaiting a detention hearing Friday afternoon.

The camps frequently host children from Ukraine, who are housed with various host families and Pravilov, court papers said.

An arrest affidavit said Pravilov transported the boys, both 14, to an ice rink on Old York Road on Jan. 2 and later to an apartment in Mount Airy, where he touched them inappropriately.

The arrest affidavit said that when Pravilov learned that "Minor #1" had disclosed the alleged sexual abuse to friends, Pravilov confronted the boy in the ice rink locker room on Jan. 13.

"Should I kill you?" he asked, then struck the boy "forcefully in the neck, leaving a mark which was visible" to a federal agent the following day, the affidavit said.

In seeking to keep Pravilov locked up, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Morgan said in a court filing Thursday that the feds were concerned about witness intimidation and that Pravilov is wanted by Interpol for allegedly beating up a man in Ukraine in July 2007.

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