Former youth coach gets life sentence for molestation

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A former teacher and coach found guilty of molesting a young boy over the course of seven years was sentenced to life in prison on Friday.

Jesse Perry, 61, of Fall River, was convicted of first and second degree child molestation in a jury-waived trial back in January.

The judge sentenced Perry to a life term for each of two counts of first degree molestation and 30 years for one count of second degree molestation, to be served concurrently. In addition, Perry was ordered to undergo sex offender counseling. If he gets released from prison, the judge said he must register as a sex offender and have no contact with the victim.

During the trial, prosecutors proved that Perry molested the boy on multiple occasions between 1990 and 1997, when the boy was 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 in Bristol and like a father to him.

The attorney general’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 in March.

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