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Judge postpones McKellips sentencing


WAUSAU (WAOW) - A judge Friday postponed the sentencing of a former Athens girls basketball coach convicted of using a computer to facilitate a sex crime with one of the girls on his team.

Marathon County Circuit Judge Michael Moran ruled that Rory McKellips' perjury trial on accusations that he lied under oath should proceed before the sentencing, according to online court records.

A jury convicted McKellips, 56, of one felony and one misdemeanor but found him innocent of a felony count of repeated sexual assault of a child. He was to be sentenced Oct. 25 and faced a maximum punishment of 40 years in prison.

McKellips was charged in 2011 after a then-15-year-old member of his girls basketball team told authorities she had sexual contact with McKellips three times over several months at his home.

McKellips, of Mosinee, testified during his five-day trial in June and denied the girl's allegations.

After the trial, McKellips and his wife Constance were each charged with one count of perjury in their trial testimony. Prosecutors say the couple lied about Rory McKellips' personal grooming habits, providing a different account than the girl that reflected on her credibility.

The couple pleaded not guilty to the charge. Their scheduled five-day trial is to start Nov. 18.

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