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Former coach gets a year in jail

 

December 24, 2021



The victim spoke first in Thursday’s sentencing hearing for the former Barnum girls basketball coach.

She talked about how she fell in love with basketball at age 12, and how the sport is forever tainted by her experience. She shared how her 33-year-old coach first started messaging her on the phone over Snapchat, asking if she would play on a slow pitch softball team that weekend, and how he didn’t want to take “no” for an answer. It got worse. He would ask her uncomfortable questions about her personal life, did she have a boyfriend, things that made her feel “sick.”

Then he a...



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