Former coach pleads guilty to sexual abuse

Brent Childress
Brent Childress

By Carrie Weil - bio | email
Posted by Charles Gazaway - email

SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Bullitt County man and long-time coach could be headed to prison for sexually abusing one of his athletes more than 16 years ago.

The court he appeared in Thursday was not the type of court Brent Childress is used to. The long-time basketball coach in Bullitt and Nelson counties admitted to having sex with one of his former players in the early 90's, a girl he met at Hebron Middle School.

"I would just like to say I take full responsibility for this. When advances were made by both parties, I knew better. I didn't react the way I should have reacted," said Childress in court.

Childress plead guilty to two counts of rape and two counts of sodomy, saying the two had sex several times from 1993 to 1995. Once at his home, another time in Louisville and also at a Lexington hotel following a basketball tournament. But some details remain unclear, and because of that the plea deal may not be a done deal according to the prosecutor, Assistant Attorney General Todd Lewis. At issue is Childress' denial that he made a videotape of sexual intercourse between him and the minor.

"I think because Mr. Childress chose to deny a certain event that happened in Fayette County, he's opened himself up the possibility of further problems," said Lewis.

The man who once denied all of the charges against him is now trying to make amends.
"I am truly sorry to the victim. I apologize for everything any hurt, any pain, any suffering she may have incurred," Childress said.

As part of the plea deal, Childress agreed to an eight-year sentence, but it will be up to the judge whether he serves time behind bars or on probation. That is a decision that will come in May. Childress remains a free man.

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