EDITORS NOTE: Corrects prison sentence from 15 months to 15 years.
A private track coach and retired U.S. Army sergeant first class from Killeen 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, U.S. Attorney Trent Shores said.
Kerry Sloan, 56, was sentenced to 15 years in prison. He will serve 10 years on supervised release once he gets out. When he is released, Sloan will have a number of requirements to follow to keep him from children. He will also have to register as a sex offender.
“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,” Shores said. “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.”
Sloan admitted during his plea hearing that he told the teenage victim he was driving her from Texas to Tulsa for meetings with college coaches but said his true intention was to rape her.
He also admitted to sexually assaulting the victim during the car ride and raping her at a Tulsa hotel. After these incidents, Sloan drove the victim back to Texas but 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.
During the investigation, victims dating back to 1990 came forward to report similar incidents involving Sloan while he was serving in the Army.
Sloan was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals until he was transferred to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility.
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