Girls basketball coach pleads guilty to child sex charges

Published 02-24-2019

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HOUMA, La. (AP) - A Louisiana girls' basketball coach has pleaded guilty to three child sex charges and been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Prosecutors in Terrebonne (TEHR-uh-bohn) Parish say 31-year-old Derrian Williams of Houma (HOH-muh) pleaded guilty Feb. 15 to trafficking a child for sexual purposes, attempting to do so, and felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.

Defense attorney Jerri Smitko tells WWL-TV that federal prosecutors agreed not to bring charges against Williams in exchange for his state court guilty plea.

Assistant District Attorney Bud Barnes tells The Courier that Williams' victims all were from outside Terrebonne Parish.

He was arrested in February 2017. A police report cited a 16-year-old girl from Gulfport, Mississippi, as saying he had made her have sex with him as payment for a ride to Houma.

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