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Mattoon police: Martinsville AAU youth coach accused of sex acts with girl

MATTOON — A coach with an area girls' youth basketball program is jailed and faces allegations of sex acts with one of his athletes.

Barry S. Wolfe is accused of engaging in various sex acts with a girl between February 2014 and September 2015, when she was 15 and 16 years old.

Wolfe, 53, lives in Martinsville and is a coach with the Central Illinois Storm, an area American Athletic Union program. He was one of the developers of the program that has teams for girls ages 17 and younger.

Charges were filed against Wolfe in Coles County on Thursday and some include the allegation that Wolfe "held a position of trust, authority or supervision" over the girl.

Mattoon Police Department Chief Jeff Branson said the girl was one of Wolfe's athletes. He said the Mattoon Police Department began its investigation Wednesday night after the victim reported the allegations to the department.

Coles County State's Attorney Brian Bower said an arrest warrant was issued for Wolfe following the department's investigation. A Mattoon police news release reported that Wolfe was arrested at 6:45 p.m. Thursday at the Casey Police Department station.

Wolfe was then taken to the Coles County Jail, where his bond is set at $500,000. His bond conditions include no contact with anyone younger than 18. Bower said Wolfe is scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday.

The charges against Wolfe include five counts of criminal sexual assault that could result in a prison sentence of four to 15 years if he's convicted. The charges also include eight counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, which can bring a three- to seven-year prison sentence, though prison time would not be required for either offense. According to the charges, Wolfe allegedly engaged in oral sex and other sexual acts with the girl.

Branson said the investigation is ongoing and will involve multiple jurisdictions, including investigations by the Effingham Police Department and Illinois State Police. Additional victims are possible, the Mattoon Police Department indicated.


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