WOBURN — A former girls basketball coach will spend at least 20 years in prison after years of manipulating and sexually assaulting young girls under his care at the Melrose YMCA, according to the terms of a plea agreement reached yesterday with the Middlesex district attorney’s office.
James Conner, 52, of North Reading, pleaded guilty to all 20 charges, including five counts of rape of a child with force and four counts of indecent assault and battery on a child, during a conference at Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn. By changing his plea, Conner avoided a trial in the case, which has dragged on for the past 16 months.
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