Wolfe faces 16 – 60 years in prison

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COLES COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — A former women’s basketball coach, accused of sexually assaulting two players, will not go to trial. 54-year old Barry Wolfe has accepted a plea deal.

It was an emotional day for many at the courthouse. The victims and their families were aware this was happening, but others were caught off-guard.

The hearing was an appearance to move forward with the trial. As soon as things got started, the judge announced the plea deal was put into motion.

Police say he assaulted and abused four girls more than a dozen times. He’s charged with crimes against two girls who said it happened in Coles County. This was while he was coaching the AAU team, Central Illinois Storm.

Police say Wolfe made his victims perform oral sex on him. They say he would also make the girls strip naked and touch them.

Wolfe sat silent as the charges were read. He pleaded guilty to four counts of criminal sexual assault. The state’s attorney asked for his bond to be revoked and for him to be held without bond. The judge approved the request.

Wolfe is scheduled to be sentenced August 10. He faces 16 – 60 years total. Each count carries 4 – 15 years and the sentences will be carried out consecutively.

The state’s attorney didn’t know if any other charges would be filed against Wolfe, but when the case started, there was word of other victims. 

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