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Former Nebraska youth football coach sentenced for childhood incitement

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A former Nebraska youth football coach will serve time in prison for attempted childhood incitement. Kyle Marek was sentenced in Sarpy County Court on Tuesday to 5 to 8 years in prison. said when pronouncing the sentence. The 48-year-old was a football coach for Gretna Elite Academy and assistant football coach for Papillion La Vista Community Schools. between March and April 2021. Marek spent years forging a friendship with one of the victims, 15-year-old Grace Corrigan, off the pitch. Corrigan spoke to KETV NewsWatch 7 before Marek’s sentencing. She was 13 when Marek started connecting with her on social media. He was explicitly sexual with Grace. Prosecutors told the judge that Marek called Grace a “hot sexy favorite.” before it becomes physical. “It’s just heartbreaking that this is your child,” Katie Corrigan told KETV NewsWatch 7. Marek’s attorney, Steve Lefler, believes the sentence is too extreme for the crime. “I told my client that I thought maybe you could end up with 90 days, 120 days in advance, work release, house arrest, then a few years probation. But the judge ruled differently. Lefler said. “I feel relieved and excited that what I wanted has happened, but there’s still a lot of work to do for other girls,” Corrigan told KETV NewsWatch 7 after the sentencing. Grace also addressed the court on Tuesday. “I will never be the same again,” Corrigan said. “I can only hope that other girls don’t have to go through the nightmare that I had.” to the Nebraska Legislature in the next session. It aims to make digital grooming a prosecutable crime, as a method of intervention before any sexual violence against a minor occurs. This would protect children up to the age of consent (16 in Nebraska), whereas current child seduction laws apply to children under 14. brave, that everything is worth it, ”said Grace.

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A former Nebraska youth football coach will serve time in prison for attempted childhood incitement.

Kyle Marek was sentenced in Sarpy County Court on Tuesday to 5 to 8 years in prison.

“A lesser sentence would belittle the seriousness of the crime,” a Sarpy County judge said in handing down the sentence.

The 48-year-old was a football coach for Gretna Elite Academy and assistant football coach for Papillion La Vista Community Schools.

Prosecutors alleged that Marek sent “inappropriate” Snapchat messages to a pair of minors he coached between March and April 2021.

Marek spent years forging a friendship with one of the victims, 15-year-old Grace Corrigan, off the pitch. Corrigan spoke to KETV NewsWatch 7 before Marek’s sentencing. She was 13 when Marek started connecting with her on social media.

He was explicitly sexual with Grace. Prosecutors told the judge that Marek called Grace a “hot sexy favorite.”

Katie Corrigan, Grace’s mother, said: “It’s not just oh it’s just him oops he made a mistake. It’s so much more than that.”

Grace spoke up before it got physical.

“It’s just heartbreaking that this is your child,” Katie Corrigan told KETV NewsWatch 7.

Marek’s attorney, Steve Lefler, believes the sentence is too extreme for the crime.

“I told my client that I thought maybe you could end up with 90 days, 120 days in advance, a work release, house arrest, and then a few years probation. But the judge decided differently,” Lefler said.

“I feel relieved and excited that what I wanted has happened, but there’s still a lot of work to be done for the other girls,” Corrigan told KETV NewsWatch 7 after the sentencing.

Grace also addressed the court on Tuesday.

“I will never be the same again,” Corrigan said. “I can only hope that other girls don’t have to go through the nightmare that I had.”

The Corrigan family helps state senator Mike McDonnell draft a bill that will make “digital grooming” illegal in Nebraska.

McDonnell will introduce the bill to the Nebraska Legislature in the next session. It aims to make digital grooming a prosecutable crime, as a method of intervention before any sexual violence against a minor occurs. It would protect children up to the age of consent (16 in Nebraska), whereas current child seduction laws apply to children under 14.

“Speaking out is definitely worth it. And it shows that if you stand up and be brave, it’s worth it,” Grace said.

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