James Prince, a Metairie playground coach for more than 25 years, pleaded guilty Thursday to molesting four of his young players, the Jefferson Parish district attorney's office said.
Prince, 45, who coached mostly at Girard Playground, 5300 Irving St., Metairie, pleaded guilty to forcible rape, four counts of sexual battery of a juvenile, four counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile and nine counts of production of pornography involving juveniles under age 13.
Detectives have identified a total of five victims in the investigation.
Judge Conn Regan of the 24th Judicial District Court sentenced Prince to a total of 35 years in prison, the district attorney's office said. Prince must also register as a sex offender for the rest of his life once released.
Known as "Coach Jim," Prince served as a volunteer football, baseball and basketball coach at Girard. But he also coached at Mike Miley Playground, 6717 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, and Ecole Classique, 5236 Glendale St., Metairie.
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office opened an investigation in October 2015 after a pair of brothers reported sexual abuse at Prince's hands when he was their coach starting in 2002. The victims were ages 9 and 11 at the time.
Detectives went on to identify a total of five victims. Prince had been accused of showing the boys pornography, raping one by performing oral sex and taking sexually explicit photographs of another unidentified boy, according to authorities.
Detective found explicit photos of a young boy taken by the coach, authorities said.
The four victims and their families agreed to a plea deal in order to avoid having to testify about the sexual abuse, the district attorney's office said. Two of the victims and their mother testified Thursday about the impact Prince's molestation has had on their lives.
Regan sentenced Prince to 35 years on the rape charge, 35 years for each count of juvenile pornography, 10 years for each count of sexual battery and seven years for each count of indecent behavior with a juvenile. The sentenced will run concurrently and be served without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.
Assistant District Attorneys Lynn Schiffman and Thomas Sanderson prosecuted the case.
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