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A now former high school women's basketball coach named Leslie DeWitt was sentenced to 30 years in jail following a serious sex scandal that included a teenage student, per WALB.
According to reports, the 34-year-old DeWitt—who was the assistant coach at Hancock High School in Mississippi—was found guilty of some disgusting acts on a 16-year-old former player, with the victim alleging that Ms. DeWitt molested her during the 2009-10 school year, with the coach even abusing her with a sex toy at one point. Although the defense produced a bank statement of the object being purchased three months after the student's claim.
Leslie Danielle DeWitt takes stand in her own defense. pic.twitter.com/AFTn3mvYqa— Trang Pham-Bui (@TrangPhamBui) October 14, 2016
Per the WALB report, the victim was the daughter of DeWitt's friend, with the prosecution focusing on the coach using that relationship to “prey upon her and abuse her at will," which led to texting back-and-forth as well as numerous trips together.
Although Leslie DeWitt claimed the allegations of sexual abuse were “absolutely, 100 percent false," Judge Larry Bourgeois told DeWitt, “You manipulated and took advantage of the trust that was given to you. You show no remorse whatsoever. She’ll be paying for that loss the rest of her life. That loss comes from your hands. The most precious asset in our community is our children. It’s our future. It was entrusted to you. You violated that sacred trust.”
DeWitt will serve every day of the 30-year sentence without any the possibility of early release, and will have to register as a sex offender.
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