FBI offers reward for ex-swim coach accused of secret videos

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation is stepping up its search for a former Franklin and Marshall College swim coach who disappeared 16 years ago amid allegations he secretly videotaped girls and women.

The FBI has announced a reward for information leading to the arrest of Lorrie John Trites.

Trites, the former head coach of the F&M swim teams and founder of a Lancaster County swim club, allegedly made recordings of swimmers, some as young as 13 years old, as they changed their clothes in the college locker room. He’s also accused of erasing parts of the videotape after students found the camera and turned if over to him.

He vanished when the investigation began in 1998 and has been among the FBI’s Most Wanted since 2001.

The FBI said the 6’7″ Trites, who was also the golf coach at the college, may still be involved in swimming or in the golf business. He has ties to numerous states – including Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New Mexico – and is likely using aliases like John Trites, John Morgan, or Buddy. He also has ties to Trinidad and the Bahamas.

Anyone with information concerning his whereabouts is asked to contact their local FBI office.

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