A former Tennessee high school football coach’s wife was sentenced to three years in prison for repeatedly having sex with one of her husband’s players, reports say.
Kelsey McCarter, 27, pleaded guilty on Monday to six counts of statutory rape and one count of exploitation of a minor for having sex with a 16-year-old player on her husband, Justin McCarter’s, former South-Dolye High School football team in Knoxville, Tennessee according to KRON.
Kelsey was originally facing 38 years in prison but agreed to a three-year sentence at Monday’s hearing, where Justin, an assistant coach on the team, stood by her side.
McCarter’s attorney released this statement:
“She made a mistake, she’ll move past it. She’s young and, as you saw, her family is here in support of her. Her husband is strongly supportive of her.”
It’s been reported that McCarter and the victim had sexual encounters several times between February and December 2015; After he and his brother came to live with the family, the News-Sentinel reports.
She also sent the teen a topless video of herself.
“She’s very sorry about what happened, she’s sorry she put her family through this,” Trant said, according to the News-Sentinel. “It’s tough and it will continue to be tough.”
The scandal rocked the Knoxville school. Principal Tim Berry and assistant principal Clark Duncan were briefly placed on administrative leave in February amid claims that they did not immediately report the sexual allegations against McCarter, WATE reports.