The Staples High School assistant football coach, accused of giving his password to a pornographic website to three teen players on the freshman team last year, pleaded guilty to reduced charges and was given two years probation at state Superior Court in Norwalk Wednesday.

The coach, Mike Pickering, 41, of Norwalk, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree breach of peace before Judge Maureen Dennis.

According to a plea agreement worked out between Assistant State's Attorney Nadia Prinz and Pickering's lawyer, William Pelletreau, the three felony counts of risk of injury to a minor that Pickering was originally charged last November with by Westport police were reduced to the reckless endangerment and breach of peace.

Dennis gave Pickering a two-year suspended sentence and two years probation.

"The state's attorney and I have discussed this matter extensively and I would ask the court to accept this recommendation and impose the agreed sentence," Pelletreau said.

Asked if he had anything to say Pickering said, "No, your honor."

Dennis then warned that Pickering should fully understand his conditions of probation and reminded him that he risked violating his probation if he were to be arrested or leave the state without permission.

If Pickering violates his probation he could be made to serve all or part of his suspended sentence.

Pickering, a former assistant coach for the Staples football team and a former heating and air-conditioning technician in the high school's maintenance department, was charged in November after police received complaints that he provided an access code for a pornographic website to members of the team.

At the sentencing hearing, Prinz said Pickering gave three 14-year-olds the passwords and login information for an inappropriate site. This information, she said, was discussed on the field and passed around the team.

When confronted by police, Pickering told them that there were problems among players on the freshman team and he was trying to "create camaraderie among members of the team."

The police investigation against Pickering began when a female Staples student heard two football players talking about a coach giving them his password to a pornographic website.

At least one student told police the password to the Brazzers.com website became a chant by some team members on a spirited bus ride home during last fall's football season, according to the arrest affidavit.