- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 14, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A former Salem youth basketball coach who pleaded guilty to raping a girl under the age of 16 has been sentenced to eight years and four months in prison.

The Statesman Journal reports (https://stjr.nl/1gzvjy8 ) 39-year-old Arthur Nigel Chavez was charged with five counts of first-degree rape and one count of first degree sodomy in December 2014. He pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree rape and was sentenced June 16.

Salem Police Lt. Dave Okada says Chavez had been an assistant coach for the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation’s basketball league. The foundation’s executive director says Chavez passed a criminal background check before volunteering with the league in 2012.

Court documents state that the abuse occurred between August and November of 2014. Chavez allegedly didn’t know the victim.


Information from: Statesman Journal, https://www.statesmanjournal.com

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