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UPDATE: Former Basketball Coach to Spend 10 year in Prison for Sex Crime

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UPDATE: Fri 8:38 PM, Dec. 6, 2013

A former Athens basketball coach convicted of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime and obstructing an officer will spend 10 years in prison and five years on extended supervision.

According to the original criminal complaint, police say McKellips admitted to kissing a girl he coached and giving her a cell phone to use.

Most recently a perjury charge against Rory Mckellips was dismissed, but a judge considered it at Friday's hearing.

Members of McKellips family expressed outrage at the sentence. They said it was not appropriate.

"We feel that the DA did a complete character assassination of my uncle today. He was not sentenced based on what he was charged with. We feel the sentence is very unfair and unjust. " says McKellips niece Jen Schremp.

The prosecution on the other hand was satisfied with the outcome of Friday's sentencing. They say it will help to give the victim in the case justice after the long court battle.

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UPDATE: Fri 11:15 AM, Nov. 15, 2013

The Marathon County Assistant District Attorney says perjury charges against a former Athens girls basketball coach, convicted of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, and his wife were dropped because a judge found that Constance McKellips testimony on the subject of personal grooming habits was too vague-- because she didn't give a specific time frame. Thursday, Judge Mike Moran threw testimony out and dropped the perjury charges.

Both Rory and his wife, Constance were accused of lying on the stand when they said Rory shaved his pubic hair. That's after some co-workers who had showered with him at a Paper Mill said that wasn't true.

It was important to the case, because the teenage alleged victim said that he had pubic hair during a sexual encounter.

Assistant District Attorney Teresa Wetzsteon tells Newschannel 7, this new limit made it hard for those who came forward to give accurate accounts."We're dealing with shift mill workers who-- for them to go back and say specifically in 2011 that they observed him during that time period and observed that he wasn't shaved was a much different case than to say...in the last seven to eight years I've worked with him that full length of time and I've never seen him shaved,” She explained.

Rory McKellips is set to be sentenced next month for his criminal conviction.

Wetzsteon says she wants the public to know the state will consider the perjury charge for Rory McKellips in recommending a sentence to the judge.

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UPDATE: Thurs 2:59 PM, Nov. 14, 2013

Marathon County Circuit Court Judge Michael Moran has dismissed perjury charges against the former Athens basketball coach, convicted of sex crime, and his wife, after allegations the two lied on the stand.

Rory McKellips was convicted a jury trial in June of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime and obstructing an officer. According to the original criminal complaint, McKellips had sexual contact with the teenage girl three times in 2011. Police say he admitted to kissing the teen and giving her a cell phone to use.

Following the trial, a witness came forward and said McKellips lied about shaving his pubic region during his jury trial. Court documents say while on the stand Constance McKellips corroborated the story.

During the June trial, the McKellips both testified that Rory frequently had shaved his pubic region, and had done so for the last seven to eight years. That information contradicted what the girl who was the alleged victim told investigators. She testified that while preforming oral sex on McKellips he had pubic hair.

During a motion hearing in Thursday, Judge Moran dismissed the perjury charges against Constance McKellips and ruled to dismissed the perjury charge against Rory McKellips. However, the perjury charge will still be considered during his Dec.6 sentencing for the crime conviction.

The Wausau Daily Herald reports the evidence in the case is inadmissible. According to court documents obtained by NewsChannel 7, there was no actual physical evidence supporting the theory the McKellips lied on the stand, only statements from a co-worker.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Fri 4:29 PM, Oct. 11, 2013

Sentencing will be delayed for the former Athens basketball coach convicted of sex crime following allegations he and and his wife lied on the stand.

Those allegations resulted in perjury charges in a new case for Rory, 56, and Constance McKellips, 57. Rory also was charged with bail jumping because the alleged crime occurred while he was on bond.

Rory McKellips is the former high school girls basketball coach convicted of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime and obstructing an officer. According to the original criminal complaint, McKellips had sexual contact with the teenage girl three times in 2011. Police say he admitted to kissing the teen and giving her a cell phone to use.

Following the trial, a witness came forward and said McKellips lied about shaving his pubic region during his jury trial. Court documents say while on the stand Constance McKellips corroborated the story.

During the June trial, the McKellips both testified that Rory frequently had shaved his pubic region, and had done so for the last seven to eight years. That information contradicted what the girl who was the alleged victim told investigators. She testified that while preforming oral sex on McKellips he had pubic hair.

The witness told investigators he had worked with McKellips and had showered in a public showering facility at their place of employment numerous times over the last several years, and McKellips had pubic hair. Other employees were questioned about McKellips personal grooming habits and provided the same information.

Friday, the court ruled in favor of a motion to adjourned sentencing stating it would affect the Presentence Investigation, or PSI. A PSI is a sealed report that is used by judges to help determine appropriate sentences.

A judge also denied a motion to have the case moved out of the county.

Rory McKellips is behind bars on a $10,000 cash bond. Constance McKellips is free on a $2,500 cash bond.

Jury trials for both defendants are scheduled to begin November 18.


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