Wife of ex-coach pleads guilty to statutory rape charges

Wife of ex-coach pleads guilty to statutory rape charges
Posted at 10:16 AM, Sep 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-26 10:22:48-04

The wife of a former high school assistant football coach in Tennessee has pleaded guilty to having sex with a 16-year-old player on her husband’s team.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports Kelsey McCarter, 27, pleaded guilty to seven counts, including six charges of statutory rape. The report says she agreed to a three-year prison term but could be eligible for release after serving about a third of her sentence.

The mother of a Knoxville high school sophomore says the encounters occurred in 2015 while the teen had lived with McCarter and her husband, Justin McCarter. The husband had invited the student to live at their home after the teen faced behavioral problems, according to the report.

“She made a mistake," her attorney, Doug Trant said after the hearing, according to The Knoxville News-Sentinel. "She'll move past it. She's young, and as you saw, her family is here in support of her. Her husband is strongly supportive of her."

Justin McCarter resigned last year.