Former gymnastics coach gets 65 years for abusing boys
GRETNA, La. (AP) - A former gymnastics coach who pleaded guilty to molesting 13 boys has been sentenced to 65 years in prison.
The Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office says in a news release that 27-year-old Jonathan West of Kenner admitted offenses against boys ranging in age from 8 to 15 years old. He pleaded guilty on Monday to all 24 charges against him in a bill of information. That includes multiple counts of sexual battery of a child younger than 13; indecent behavior and computer solicitation.
West worked as a gymnastics and cheerleading coach in the New Orleans suburbs of Metairie, Kenner, and St. Charles Parish. Prosecutors say he molested some boys while driving them to the gyms and told victims his actions would make them better at gymnastics.
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