Woman basketball coach jailed for sexually assaulting two teens and turning the team into a 'private lesbian harem'
Kelli Vassallo has been sentenced to two years in prison followed by 10 years' probation for sexual contact with the two teenage girls
A female basketball coach from Pennsylvania has been arrested for seducing two schoolgirls for lesbian romps and turning the team into her "private lesbian harem".
Kelli Vassallo was accused of engaging in a prolonged relationship with two underage players, one aged 13 and another, 17.
According to PennLive, the former teacher and basketball coach was sentenced to up to two years in prison followed by 10 years' probation for sexual contact with the two teenage girls as well as remaining on the sex offenders' register for 25 years.
In August, the 38-year-old had pleaded guilty to charges of institutional sexual assault and corruption of a minor. Details of the charges included her admitting to indecent contact with a 13-year-old girl beginning in June 2013 while she was a coach and having sex in 2009 with a girl who was only 17 then.
Vassallo taught in the Williamsport district and coached girls' basketball in the Loyalsock Township district from 2012 to 2015. At the court trial, the younger of the two victims, who is now 18, claimed Vassallo manipulated her and said, "You attacked me. How could you do this to me? You stole the best years of my life away from me."
The court also heard that the 13-year-old victim had reportedly had intimate sexual contact with Vassallo at least 20 times. Most of the assaults took place at the teacher’s home and began in 2009.
As for the older victim, who is now a married mother, she said Vassallo had convinced her that it was normal to have the relationship with the accused. It was reported that Vassallo had sex with the older girl about 50 times when she was about 17 and 18.
Local media reports confirm that the mothers of both young victims also testified in court, with one branding Vassallo a pedophile who tried to replace her as a mother.
Court documents suggest the presiding judge had questioned whether Vassallo’s agreed plea deal was too lenient and whether a man would have won a similar sentencing agreement. The judge was also allegedly ready to reject Vassallo’s plea deal after hearing the teacher had claimed to have never committed the crimes at all.
After serving her sentence, Vassallo will have to register as a sexual offender for 25 years, and she will be required to complete 100 hours of community service while on probation. Vassallo will also be required to undergo an assessment by a sexual treatment provider and comply with all recommendations put forward.