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UPDATE: Jury reaches verdict in Marathon Co. sex assault trial

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MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) -

After hours of deliberation, the jury has reached a verdict in the case against a former Marathon County basketball coach.

56-year-old Rory McKellips was accused of sexual assault with one of his basketball players in 2011. She was 15 at the time.

Early Saturday morning, McKellips was found guilty of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, and one count of resisting or obstructing an officer. He was found not guilty of repeated sexual assault of the same child, and exposing genitals or pubic area.

After the verdict was read, the former Athens High School basketball coach was taken into custody and is being held in the Marathon County Jail.

Prosecutors say they're pleased with the two guilty verdicts, but hoped for more.

"The defendant is remanded, the public is protected, and that's what this process is all about," said Theresa Wetzsteon, Marathon Co. Deputy District Attorney. "Now the court will determine what sentence is appropriate."

The defense declined to comment. But in court, McKellips' attorney said he plans to file motions.

Jury deliberation lasted close to five hours.

Even though McKellips was found not guilty on two charges, prosecutors say he could face up to 40 years behind bars, and will have to register as a sex offender once he's released.

A sentencing date has not yet been set.

Stay with Newsline 9 for the latest on this case.

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