NORTH ANDOVER, MA — Shocking details in the arrest of wrestling coach David Castricone have emerged as supporters of the high school wrestling program prepare to send the team off to Worcester tonight to defend its state title.

Castricone, 60,

was released on $1,500 bail yesterday in Lawrence District Court after pleading not guilty to a charge of possession of child pornography. He was ordered to stay away from North Andover High School and children under 16 and is barred from using a computer.

According to court documents, a female high school student reported to a faculty member that she saw a man in the girls' locker room. A review of surveillance footage showed it was Castricone and further investigation showed he had entered the locker room several times in the last month.

The female student that saw Castricone in the locker room reported he had his hands inside a locker. Police said the locker was empty but did have a large view of the locker room. Investigators also wrote, "The holes in the locker door were large enough that a device would be able to record through them."

Castricone's locker in the officials' room contained clothing he was seen wearing on the surveillance video. It also contained a memory card which police are now analyzing.

Tuesday, Castricone was put on paid leave and school officials reported the "inappropriate" incident to police.

According to the records, Castricone told a school official Thursday that he was planning to take a trip to Brazil to open a factory there making thong underwear. The school official stated Castricone appeared "euphoric" during that conversation.

Police said they confiscated child pornography from Castricone's 31 Court St. home Friday and allege he entered the girls locker room at the high school at least nine times in recent weeks, possibly to set up a recording device inside a locker.

Among the images police took from Castricone's home were "77 pages of personal photos of females that appeared to be unaware that a photograph was being taken," according to court documents.

Prosecutors yesterday did not link any of the images confiscated from Castricone's home with his visits to the locker room, and both police Chief Richard Stanley and school Superintendent Christopher Hottel said no North Andover students have been identified in the material.

"So far in the investigation, we have not uncovered any photos of any North Andover students, to the best of our knowledge," Stanley said.

"Nothing has been found, to my knowledge," Hottel said. "The investigation is continuing."

Court documents show police confiscated the following from Castricone's home:

Seven pages with eight images of child pornography

79 pages with 129 images of child erotica, consisting of "very young females in provocative poses dressed in underwear, thongs or bikinis."

77 pages of personal photos of females

335 pages of adult pornography, in which all female subjects "had a very young appearance."

Police also confiscated three cell phones, a laptop and desktop computer, two MP3 players, an iPod, two digital cameras, 20 floppy disks and nine rewritable CDs.

Castricone kept the pornography inside a blue storage bin in his attic, according to the documents.

During the search of his home, one detective observed Castricone become "increasingly fidgety" and wrote that he "started to pace around and grip the railing" when they entered the attic.

A local coaching legend, Castricone has the most career wins, 681, of any high-school wrestling coach in New England. He has coached for 38 years, 25 of them at North Andover High.

Under Castricone, North Andover won dual-meet state championships in 2006 and 2010 and will attempt a repeat tonight against Natick at 7 at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

At Triton, he is credited with establishing a wrestling program that has gone to the state championship more times than any other athletic program at the school. Castricone led the Vikings to Division 3 state championship match appearances in 1983 and in 1984, when the team won its only state title in the history of the school's wrestling program.

When a coaching vacancy opened at North Andover the following season, Castricone returned to his alma mater.

Current Triton wrestling coach Shawn McElligott, who wrestled at Triton from 1990 to 1993 under Con Madigan, has considered Castricone a mentor since taking over the program in 1998. He honored the veteran coach with a small ceremony at the 2009 Cape Ann League Open, which was hosted by Triton.

McElligott elected not to comment on Castricone's legal situation last evening.

Coincidentally, McElligott will lead the Triton wrestling team in competing tonight in its first Division 3 state championship match since Castricone's departure. The match against Holliston takes place at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Third-year Georgetown wrestling coach Mike Curley expressed "pure shock" at the charges against Castricone.

"It's one of those things that the authorities have to go through," he said.

Curley said he held Castricone in high regard as a leader.

"He's a great coach," Curley said. "I admired him greatly. It's a very difficult situation."

Kai Vlahos, an artist with a studio in Lawrence, came to support Castricone at yesterday's arraignment. Vlahos wrestled for Castricone at Triton and had him as a teacher in the 1980s.

"I spent a lot of time with him when I was younger," Vlahos said. "There's nothing to suggest he was into anything unseemly like this.

"I don't know what's going on with him now, but I just wanted to be there for him."

Vlahos remembered Castricone as an "extremely demanding" coach, but also "one of the guys."

"He was ambitious," Vlahos said. "He wanted to win, and we wanted to win. And we worked hard."