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Wife of Tennessee high school football coach pleads guilty to statutory rape of 16-year-old player

September 27, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Wife of Tennessee high school football coach pleads guilty to statutory rape of 16-year-old player

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The wife of a former Tennessee high school assistant football coach accused of having sex with a 16-year-old athlete on her husband’s team pleaded guilty to statutory rape charges.

According to Knoxville News-Sentinel, 27-year-old Kelsey McCarter pleaded guilty to seven counts, which include six charges of statutory rape.

She was hit with a three-year prison stint but may become eligible for release after completing approximately one-third of her sentence.

Before accepting the plea agreement, she faced 38 years in prison.

Justin McCarter pled guilty to statutory rape of 16-year-old boy who was on husband’s team

The mother of a Knoxville high school sophomore claimed the incidents took place in 2015 while the teen had resided with McCarter and her husband, Justin.

The husband had invited the student to live with them after the teen exhibited behavioral challenges such as skipping class.

The victim and his older brother resided with the McCarters for roughly one year and were both football players.

Students at the school told the media that they saw explicit photos of the wife and a student while he was living with the family.

McCarter reportedly invited the student to stay with his family after he was reportedly facing behavioral problems. His wife pleaded guilty to six charges of statutory rape

The allegations resulted in an investigation into the school’s principal, Tim Berry and coach Clark Duncan, who were suspended from their positions in February.

Both men were being investigated after neglecting to immediately report the accusations of sexual abuse to the state Department of Children’s Services or police.

However, neither Berry, Duncan or Justin McCarter have been charged in the case.

“She made a mistake,” her attorney said following the hearing. “She’ll move past it. She’s young, and her family is here in support of her. Her husband is supportive of her.”

He quit his assistant coaching position last year.

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