Former Middle School Track Coach Sentenced to 90 Days for Statutory Rape

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A former West Tennessee track coach has been sentenced to 90 days for statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl who was a member of the track team.

Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Bobby Carter sentenced 29-year-old Arlen C. Wilburn on Tuesday. Wilburn pleaded guilty Sept. 30 to aggravated statutory rape.

Wilburn’s defense attorney declined through email to comment on the case.

Wilburn had been a track coach at Sherwood Middle School in Memphis.

Local Memphis news station WMC-TV reported that the victim in the case said that on April 2, 2011, Wilburn told her that he had feelings for her. He later sent her inappropriate photos. She said Wilburn then asked her to take pictures of herself without any clothes on and sent her “text messages of a sexual nature,” according to the WMC-TV report.

The girl said they had sexual intercourse at the school on May 5, 2011.

Prosecutors said in a news release that Wilburn will also be on probation for four years, will have to register as a sex offender and complete sex offender counseling. He’s also prohibited from working around children and banned from attending school events.

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