Ex-youth coach gets life sentence for child molestation

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former youth sports coach in Bristol has been sentenced to life in prison on child molestation charges.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said Friday that 61-year-old Jesse Perry of Fall River, Massachusetts, was sentenced on two counts of first-degree child molestation and one count of second-degree child molestation. He also was ordered to undergo sex offender counseling.

Perry was found guilty in January of molesting a young man on multiple occasions between 1990 and 1997. Perry was a youth football coach.

Perry’s lawyer says his client maintains his innocence and will appeal.

Perry’s younger brother, Richard, also was involved in Bristol youth sports and pleaded no contest to molesting three boys more than a decade ago.

Richard Perry of Warren was sentenced in January to 10 years in prison.

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