Former Athens coach sentenced to 10 years in prison
WAUSAU (WAOW) -
The former Athens girls basketball coach convicted on a sex charge will spend 10 years behind bars.
Rory McKellips, 57, was convicted of using a computer to facilitate a sex crime. He was found guilty of that in July.
It was an emotional day in court as McKellips, the victim, and the judge all had something to say.
A packed courtroom with a lot of emotion as 57-year-old Rory McKellips will now have to spend 10 years behind bars.
"It is time to accept responsibility," said Marathon County Circuit Court Judge, Michael Moran.
McKellips was found guilty of using a computer to facilitate a sex crime back in July.
He was charged in 2011 after a then 15-year-old basketball player on his team told authorities McKellips had sexual contact with her three times at his home.
During the trial, McKellips was found not guilty on a felony count of repeated sexual assault of a child.
The victim, who's now 18 years old, was at the sentencing Friday. She read her statement in tears.
She said, "Rory McKellips took my childhood and broke it into a million pieces." She said,"this follows me everyday of my life."
And continues to say, "this prison time will not change the past or take away what happened, but I will be able to cope easier and sleep well knowing he's locked up."
McKellips also read a statement.
"I would like to apologize for the poor choices I made here as an adult and as a coach, I also apologize for all the suffering on both sides and I'm so sorry for that," said McKellips.
Before sentencing McKellips, Marathon County Circuit Court Judge Michael Moran had a few words for him.
"When we send our children off to be coached we expect them to be safe, we expect them to be encouraged, we expect them to be treated in a manner that any coach would treat someone, you failed, you failed as a coach in that manner, I don't care what you say or how you said it, what I heard at this trial was a failure as a coach," said Moran.
say they're happy with the outcome. The defense attorney had no comment.
As part of Friday's sentencing, prosecutors say McKellips must register as a sex offender after he completes his extended supervision.