Former youth coach convicted of child molestation

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A former teacher and youth coach was found guilty Tuesday of molesting a young boy over a period of seven years.

Jesse Perry, 61, of Bristol, was convicted of two counts of first-degree child molestation and one count of second-degree child molestation in a jury-waived trial.

According to the Attorney General’s office, prosecutors were able to prove that Perry molested the boy on multiple occasions between 1990 and 1997, when the boy was aged approximately 10 to 17 years old.

The victim, who disclosed the abuse to police in December of 2012, testified that Perry was his Pop Warner football coach and a father-like figure to him.

The AG’s office said the judge also heard testimony from three other individuals allegedly victimized by Perry in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Those incidents were reported to police in 2004, however the state couldn’t press charges because the statute of limitations had expired.

Aside from coaching football, Perry also coached Little League and was a teacher at Dighton Middle School.

Perry’s brother, Richard, a former Bristol Little League umpire and coach and Kickemuit Middle School custodian, is also facing molestation charges. Both men turned down plea agreements back in March.

Perry is being held without bail until his sentencing, which is scheduled for Feb. 23.

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