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New Columbia head coach Anthony Sottasante takes a moment during LL football league media day on Friday afternoon, August 14 2015, in Manheim. Sottasante is the first non-Columbian to lead the Tide.

The head coach for Columbia High School's football team has resigned after being charged with failing to pay nearly $70,000 in state taxes.

Anthony Sottasante, 47, was charged with multiple felony and misdemeanor counts, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced March 9.

Sottasante submitted a letter of resignation to the high school about one week ago, according to superintendent Bob Hollister.

Hollister said Sottasante resigned on his own and did not say it was related to the charges.

"The district did not know about the charges until they were made public," Hollister said. "Given the fact that those charges are there, I think it's appropriate that he stepped back."

The resignation will be accepted at the next school board meeting on April 6, he said.

"If everything works out, he will be invited to return. He did a great job as a coach," Hollister said.

Sottasante owns and operates Parma Pizza & Grill in Spring Garden Township, York County.

Reached by phone Monday at the restaurant, Sottasante deferred comment to the Columbia School District.

"I can't confirm or deny (my resignation)," he said.

According to a press release from the attorney general's office, instead of filing and paying sales and employer taxes for his business, Sottasante used some of the funds to cover business costs.

Sottasante failed to pay a total of $68,961.07 in sales, employer withholding and personal income taxes between 2013 and 2016, according to the release.

That total includes $58,181.68 in state sales tax, $2,108.39 in employer withholding tax and $8,671 in personal income tax.

He is charged with multiple felony and misdemeanor counts of failure to make required disposition of funds received and misdemeanor counts of willful failure to pay Pennsylvania personal income tax.

Sottasante was named the high school's head football coach in February 2015.