Ex-coach charged with having sex with students sentenced

February 26, 2020 GMT

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A former coach at a Connecticut high school charged with having sexual relationships with two female students avoided prison at sentencing Wednesday.

Anthony Facchini, 26, a former assistant football, soccer and track coach at Norwich Free Academy, was sentenced by a judge to a five-year suspended sentence, all of which will be spent on probation.

He apologized for his behavior and told the judge he would take the next five years to “prove myself.”

Facchini originally faced two counts of second-degree sexual assault, but pleaded no contest in New London Superior Court In December to risk of injury to a minor and reckless endangerment.

Facchini had a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old senior in the winter and spring of 2017, authorities said. He met the second student when she was 15 and they started a sexual relationship in January 2018 after she turned 16, authorities said.

Facchini’s attorney, Bryan Fiengo, said his client realizes his relationships with the students were inappropriate, and has been cooperative throughout the proceedings. He is attending mental health counseling, he said.

Prosecutors said an attorney for one victim agreed to the sentence. The second victim did not participate in the proceedings.