A former private track coach was sentenced Monday to federal prison for transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity during a 2017 college visit in Tulsa, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
U.S. District Judge Claire V. Eagan sentenced Kerry Sloan, 56, of Harker Heights, Texas, to 15 years in prison.
He will serve 10 years on supervised release following completion of his prison term and will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to minors. Sloan also will be ordered to register as a sex offender.
Sloan could have faced 10 years to life in prison, according to a previous story.
“Young athletes look to their adult coaches not only for athletic instruction but also for life advice as mentors. Today, former track coach Kerry Sloan was sentenced to 180 months in federal prison because he exploited that special coach-athlete relationship for his sexual gratification,” U.S. Attorney Trent Shores said in a statement.
“It takes tremendous courage for victims to come forward to report these crimes. This young lady not only spoke up for herself, but she also gave a voice to the past victims who were discovered during the investigation. I am extremely proud of her tenacity and strength.”
During his plea hearing, Sloan admitted that while he had told the teenage minor victim that he was driving her from Killeen, Texas, to Tulsa for meetings with college coaches, his true intent was to sexually assault her.
He also admitted to sexually assaulting the girl during the car ride and raping her at a Tulsa hotel.
When Sloan began driving the victim back to Texas, he would not let her out of his car. The victim was eventually able to contact her family, who called 911.
Pittsburg County sheriff’s deputies stopped the vehicle and rescued the victim, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
During the ensuing investigation, victims dating back to 1990 came forward to report similar allegations involving Sloan while he was in the Army.
The Tulsa Police Department, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, Army Criminal Investigation Division, Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Office and Killeen Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Nassar prosecuted the case.
Sloan was booked into the Tulsa County jail on a hold for U.S. marshals until he’s transferred to a federal prison.
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