Basketball Coach Sentenced to 60 Years


A former Illinois basketball coach, who faces multiple charges of sexual assault against minor, finally learns his fate.

On Friday afternoon, a judge sentenced Barry Wolfe, a former AAU basketball coach, to 60 years in prison.

In June, Wolfe pleaded guilty to four counts of criminal sexual assault and admitted to have engaged in sexual activities with teenage girls who were players on the Central Illinois Storm basketball team that he coached.

During today’s hearing, victims made impact statements before the judge sentenced Wolfe.

At least four females told police Wolfe forced them to perform oral sex on him, had them strip naked and touched them inappropriately. They said he told them, if they wanted to play basketball in college, they had to trust him.

Wolfe was only tried for crimes against two athletes, and was facing the maximum sentence of 60 years behind bars.

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