- 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.

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

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