Figure skating coach pleads guilty to sexual assault of underage pupil

The 48-year-old is facing between 12-30 years in prison.
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A figure skating coach is facing significant prison time after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting one of his pupils when she was underage.

Thomas Incantalupo, 48, of St. Louis Park, struck a plea deal whereby he admitted one count of 1st-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of 3rd-degree criminal sexual conduct, with seven other charges dropped.

He has agreed to serve at least 12 years in prison, but also admitted to aggravating factors that will lead the Hennepin County Attorney's Office to seek a maximum sentence of 30 years.

As part of his plea, Incantalupo admitted he took his pupil to a hotel on two separate occasions when she was 15 and 16 and sexually abused her.

The abuse started when she was 14 during a training trip to Connecticut, and continued for the next two years as they went on skating trips inside and outside the U.S.

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Incantalupo coached at the Eden Prairie Figure Skating Club, which suspended him following his arrest. He has since been banned from coaching by the U.S. Center for SafeSport, KSTP reports. 

During the course of the abuse, the coach would take his victim from the skating rink in Eden Prairie to a local hotel, abuse her, and then return her in time for her parents to pick her up.

He will be sentenced on September 27.

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