A former Wichita cheer coach was sentenced to at least 42 years in prison. Timothy Wells-Lee was convicted of having sexual relations with four girls he coached. They were between the ages of 12 and 14 at the time.
At trial, Wells-Lee denied having sexual contact with three of the girls. He admitted to having a sexual relationship with the fourth girl, but he testified it didn't begin until after her 16th birthday.
During sentencing Friday, Wells-Lee addressed the court. He told the judge he's not a threat to society and asked for the minimum sentence. His wife then asked the judge for mercy for their family.
"I love my husband with all my heart and I don't feel like this is what he deserves. He has a daughter that needs him. Loves him and needs him," said Amanda Wells-Lee.
The victims and their families also spoke before the judge. One of the victims told Wells-Lee that he ruined her life. The mother of another victim was sobbing when she told the judge that Wells-Lee took advantage of his position and the young girls.
"I trusted him as her coach and he betrayed me. I look at him and he's shown no remorse," said one of the victim's mother.
Wells-Lee won't be eligible for parole for 42 years. After that 42 years, he must serve another 20 years in prison. That means he would be in his 70s before he can get out of prison.
The judge told Wells-Lee that he has not accepted any responsibility. He said he handed down the sentence in this way to make sure each victim counted.
Former cheer coach sentenced for sexual relations with his students