Parole and probation issues involving sex crimes

Connecticut residents likely recall hearing about a 2004 case involving a basketball coach who allegedly committed a sex crime by having sex with a minor on his girls' basketball team. Now, that same coach faces additional legal trouble as he violated his probation imposed in connection with the sex crime.

The coach's sex crime conviction and parole violations

As reported in newstime.com, in 2003 the basketball coach for Henry Abbott Technical High School, located in Danbury, Connecticut, was charged with Sexual Assault in the Second Degree for allegedly having an affair with a 17-year-old player on the girls' basketball team. In 2004, the man was convicted and was sentenced to a 10-year prison term, with the execution of that sentence suspended after 45 months.

The defendant's period of incarceration was followed by a 10-year period of probation with significant conditions of his release imposed on him during that probationary period. Among many other probationary conditions, the defendant was prohibited from coaching any youth teams, required to register as a sex offender, to wear a monitoring device on his ankle, and to give up his teaching license.

Last year, the coach was convicted of violating his probation when it was discovered that he was coaching his minor son's basketball team. He was sentenced to one month in jail for that violation.

The 46-year-old from Bethany, Connecticut, is now being accused of violating his probation once again by cutting off his electronic monitoring ankle bracelet. The man allegedly cut off his bracelet in January 2013. The man then appeared on the Dr. Phil television show, where he and his wife, who accompanied him on the show insisted that the man did not commit the sex crime. Investigators with the Connecticut Judicial Branch's Adult Probation Department discovered the probation violation and arrested the man at the home of relatives two days after the Dr. Phil taping.

An overview of Connecticut sex crimes

There are many different forms of sex crimes in Connecticut. Some possible sex crime charges include:

  • Possession or distribution of child pornography
  • Lewd acts or public indecency
  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Risk of injury to a minor
  • Voyeurism

If convicted, each of these sex crimes can carry harsh penalties such as jail time, intensive probation with strict sex-offender specific conditions, sex offender registration requirements and fines.

Anyone accused of a sex crime should contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. An experienced and skilled defense attorney can help you protect your rights, whether by aggressively and thoroughly defending you at trial or negotiating the best possible disposition.