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Youth Sports Coach Pleads Not Guilty To Alleged Sex Abuse
A Northern Kentucky youth sports coach enters a plea to child sex abuse charges.
46 year old Michael Schweitzer of Hebron pleaded not guilty during his arraignment in Boone County Circuit Court.
Schweitzer is accused of sexually abusing six boys. Wednesday, there was no indication whether any new victims had stepped forward.
Local 12 News Reporter Larry Davis was in court for today's arraignment.
For years Michael Schweitzer was involved in coaching youth sports in Northern Kentucky. Today, he was in court, in handcuffs, accused of sexually abusing young boys.
Schweitzer pleaded not guilty during his first court appearance following his indictment by a Boone County Grand Jury. He is charged with 14 counts, including sodomy and sexual abuse.
Schweitzer coached youth baseball, football, basketball and wrestling in Northern Kentucky for several years. He lived in Hebron with his wife and children.
The indictments claim he sexually abused six boys from May of 2011 thru June of this past year. Prosecutors originally charged Schweitzer with drugging and then sexually abusing a 13 year old boy. Later, five more boys contacted Boone County Sheriff's Detectives claiming they too had been abused.
An attorney with the Kentucky Attorney General's Office refused to comment about the case and would not say whether any new victims had come forward. The defense says it is in the early stages of preparing its case.
Due to a potential conflict, the Boone County Commonwealth Attorney has asked the Kentucky Attorney General's Office to continue prosecuting the case.
Schweitzer is charged with three counts of sodomy, three counts of improper transaction with a minor and eight counts of sex abuse. If convicted of all the charges, he could be sentenced to up to 70 years in prison.