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Oregon coach sentenced on sex abuse charges

The Columbian
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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A Sheldon High School cross-country coach accused of having sex with a 15-year-old female student at the Eugene school has been sentenced to 5 12 years in prison.

Lane County Circuit Court Judge Ilisa Rooke-Ley told Chad Schacht Wednesday that he stole the victim’s innocence and his actions will be felt throughout the community.

Schact apologized in court. The 40-year-old also teaches at Agnes Stewart Middle School in Springfield.

The victim also spoke in court and said she is determined to recover from the difficult experience.

Eugene police arrested Schacht in October on second-degree sexual abuse charges. The Register-Guard reports that he pleaded guilty to the felony charges last month.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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