COVINGTON, Ky. — A long-time Boone County youth sports coach who admitted to sexually abusing six boys from August 2011 to June 2013 was sentenced to 35 years in prison Wednesday.
Kentucky's Attorney General's Office helped prosecute the case against Michael Schweitzer, 47.
“I am committed to holding accountable anyone who preys upon Kentucky children,” Attorney General Conway said. “I appreciate the hard work of my prosecutors for bringing this case to a successful close. Because of their efforts, we have put another child predator behind bars.”
Earlier this month Schweitzer admitted to creating multiple videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
Under federal law, Schweitzer will have to serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence.
Schweitzer, of Hebron, was originally arrested by Boone County Sheriff's deputies on June 26, 2013 on charges of sodomy in the first degree and unlawful transaction with a minor in the first degree. Schweitzer molested a 13-year-old boy entrusted in his care after drugging him with a sleeping pill, the Boone County Sheriff's Office said at the time.
After that boy came forward, five other boys also reported they were drugged and abused by Schweitzer, according to Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway.
On August 6, 2013, a Boone County grand jury indicted Schweitzer on three counts of sodomy in the first degree (Class B felonies), three counts of unlawful transaction with a minor in the first degree (Class B felonies), and eight counts of sexual abuse in the first degree (Class D felonies).
Schweitzer was "a volunteer coach for various Boone County area youth baseball, basketball, football and wrestling teams," Conway said.