The wife of a former high school football coach in Tennessee pleaded guilty to statutory rape on Monday for having sex with a 16-year-old boy who played for her husband’s team.
Kelsey McCarter, 27, admitted to all seven counts against her Monday, including six counts of statutory rape, before her trial. The plea deal comes as McCarter avoids the full sentence of 38 years in prison, her attorney, Doug Trant, said.
She is now resigned to serve three years in prison but could be released for good behavior after serving at least 30 percent of her sentence.
“She made a mistake,” Trant said after the hearing, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel. “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.”
“She’s very sorry about what happened, she’s sorry she put her family through this,” he said.
According to the victim’s mother, the incident occurred when her son and his older brother were living with the McCarters at their home. Kelsey’s husband, an assistant coach of the South Doyle football team, invited the two boys to live with the family after they had been having some behavioral issues, such as skipping school.
Kelsey McCarter and the younger son reportedly engaged in sexual acts throughout 2015, and she also sent him a topless photo of herself. The News-Sentinel said the acts took place both in their home and in the car on the way to the victim’s mother’s house.
McCarter’s husband has since resigned as an instructional aide and assistant football coach at the school.
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