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    Former High School Basketball Coach Guilty of Sex Assault of a Child


    A Jefferson County jury has found a former high school girls basketball coach guilty of sexually assaulting a female student and for possessing sexually graphic photos of teens at the school. Wesley Adam Specht, DOB: 9-21-84, was 26 when he was arrested in April 2011, following a Lakewood Police investigation into allegations that he’d had sexual contact with three female students at the high school.

    Specht was coach of the varsity girls basketball team at Alameda High School in 2010 and 2011. As coach, he was in a position of trust and had ongoing, unsupervised access to the girls. He was charged with having sexual contact with a 14-year-old teen and also with a 17-year-old teen. He was also charged with having attempted to have sexual contact with a 15-year-old teen. Two of the three victims played on the basketball team and one was a cheerleader. Sexually graphic photos of the teens were found on Specht’s cell phone.

    Following four days of trial, the jury deliberated just over three hours before returning their verdict: 

    • Guilty--Sexual Assault of a Child by a Person in Position of Trust in a Pattern of Conduct, F3; 

    • Guilty--Sexual Exploitation of a Child, F3; 

    • Guilty--Sexual Exploitation of a Child, F3; 

    • Guilty--Sexual Exploitation of a Child, over 20 images, F4; 

    • Not Guilty--Sexual Assault of a Child by a Person in Position of Trust in a Pattern of Conduct, F3; 

    • Not Guilty--Sexual Assault of a Child – Victim under 15 YOA, F3, and, 

    • Not Guilty--Attempted Sexual Assault of a Child, F4.

    Sentencing has been set for July 13, at 8:00. Specht faces an indeterminate prison sentence of 8-24 years to life on the Sexual Assault on a Child POS Pattern count and he could, in theory, face up to 30 years in prison for Sexual Exploitation counts

    Pam Russell
    DA Public Information
    303-271-6905
    prussel@jeffco.us

    April 27, 2012


    Last Updated: 7-1-2013
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