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Charles Vasser, a former soccer coach at Riverdale Baptist School, was sentenced Friday to 35 years in prison after being found guilty to five counts of child sexual abuse.

Prince George’s County Circuit Court Judge Daneeka Varner Cotton sentenced Vasser to 35 years along with five years of probation and stipulations to avoid contact with his victim as well as any minor females except his daughters.

Vasser, 35, of Seat Pleasant was convicted at a bench trial of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student athlete on the Landover private school’s girls soccer team. John Erzen, spokesman for Prince George’s State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, said in a statement that from October 2008 through July 2009, Vasser had an “array of sexual contacts” with the victim, from kissing to sexual intercourse.

Alsobrooks said in a statement that Vasser’s crimes are “especially egregious” given his position at the school.

“Our community is especially devastated when a child is sexually abused at the hands of someone who seemed to be a trusted and responsible adult,” Alsobrooks said. “As a result of this sentence, Mr. Vasser will have plenty of time to reflect on his terrible actions.”

Vasser’s attorney, Michael Lovelace, was not immediately available for comment Friday afternoon.

ewagner@gazette.net