Former playground coach pleads guilty to molesting boys

Former JP playground coach pleads guilty to molestation charges.

METAIRIE, La. -- A former Jefferson Parish playground coach was sentenced to 35 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to molesting four boys at apartments and to taking pornographic photographs of one child, according to the Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office.

James Prince Jr., 45, who mentored children at Girard Playground in Metairie, pleaded guilty to forcible rape, four counts of sexual battery of juveniles, four counts of indecent behavior with juveniles and nine counts of production of pornography involving juveniles under age 13.

"The crimes were reported on Oct. 15, 2015, by the mother of two of the victims after her sons disclosed the abuse beginning in 2002. Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives learned that Prince met the victims through Girard Playground, where he volunteered as a youth sports coach," said a statement from the DA's office.

If released from prison, Prince will have to register as a sex offender for life. He is not be expected to be released from prison before he is 81.

 

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