Saturday, July 18, 2009

Former Youth Coach William Jacobsen Sentenced to Life for Sexual Abuse


A life prison term has been ordered for a former youth baseball coach in Central Texas convicted of sexually abusing boys.

A judge in Belton on Thursday sentenced 32-year-old William Thomas Jacobsen, formerly of Little River-Academy.

A jury in June convicted Jacobsen of two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child, in allegations brought by boys related to their 2007 visits to the man's home.

Prosecutor Leslie McWilliams says two victims described the abuse during Jacobsen's trial, while two others offered testimony during the sentencing phase.

Jacobsen had fled to Mexico after the allegations became public, but was arrested last August.

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