Long-time Boone County youth sports coach gets 35 years in prison for child porn

COVINGTON, Ky. — A long-time Boone County youth sports coach, who admitted to creating multiple videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, was sentenced Tuesday to 35 years in prison.

A judge ruled Michael Schweitzer, 47, produced and possessed child pornography. 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.

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