Ex-coach gets 11 years in prison for assaulting 2 teenagers


A former high school coach from Burnsville will spend up to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to kidnapping and sexually assaulting two 13-year old girls last September.

Casey Lee Chinn, 23, was sentenced Wednesday in Anoka County Court, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Chinn pleaded guilty in February to two counts of kidnapping and two counts of sexual assault, and agreed to the 11-year-sentence as part of a plea deal.

According to the criminal complaint, Chinn met the girls through an online chat site called Omegle – the website’s tagline is “talk to strangers” – and they had sexually suggestive chats online and via text for about two weeks before he arranged to meet them.

Chinn picked up the girls near their homes in Andover on the evening of Sept. 29, and took them to his home in Burnsville, where he lived with his parents.

Chinn told police they watched a movie, then he engaged in sexual acts with both girls.

The girls were found at his home the next morning, crying and “huddled behind a couch” in the basement, the complaint said.

Chinn was charged with kidnapping as well as sexual assault, because the girls are younger than 16 and he didn’t have their parents’ consent to take them to his home.

During the sentencing hearing, the parents of the girls told the judge both teens have been struggling to recover from the trauma; one changed schools and the other is undergoing therapy, according to the Pioneer Press.

For his part, Chinn expressed remorse for his actions and sobbed during his statement to the court, FOX 9 reports.

At the time of the incident, Chinn was a part-time volleyball coach at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. He previously served as a volunteer coach for the junior varsity baseball team at East Ridge High School in Woodbury.

He will be given credit for the six months he has served in jail.

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