TULSA, Okla. (KWTX) Kerry Sloan, 56, of Harker Heights, a former Army sergeant who worked as a private track coach, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting an underage girl he drove in June 2017 from Central Texas to Tulsa, Okla. for meetings with college coaches.
Sloan, who pleaded guilty in March to transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, could have been sentenced to as much as life in prison.
He will spend 10 years on supervised release after completing the prison sentence, during which he must comply with requirements restricting his access to minors, authorities said.
He admitted he "intended to engage in sexual activity without her consent at a Tulsa hotel," the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
Sloan admitted during his plea hearing in March that he sexually assaulted the girl during the car ride to Tulsa and that he raped her at a hotel in Tulsa.
The girl was rescued after she made a 911 call on the trip home and Pittsburg County, Okla., deputies stopped the car in which she and Sloan were riding.
“It takes tremendous courage for victims to come forward to report these crimes,” U.S. Attorney Trent Shores said.
“This young lady not only spoke up for herself but she also gave a voice to the past victims who were discovered during the investigation. I am extremely proud of her tenacity and strength.”
During the investigation victims dating back to 1990 came forward to report similar incidents involving Sloan, Shores said.
“Kerry Sloan was a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” Shores said.
“He portrayed himself to parents and children as a trustworthy and caring mentor when in reality he was a danger to young girls.”
“During the course of this prosecution, even more victims than we were originally aware of came forward, claiming to have been groomed and assaulted by Mr. Sloan,” Shores said.