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Former Paducah Coach sentenced on multiple counts of sexual indecency with a child

A former high school principal and basketball coach in Paducah learned he could be spending the next 60 years in prison.

Jay Cantrell was sentenced on three counts of sexual indecency with a child and one count of sexual assault of a child. Each of those counts carries a 15-year sentences for Cantrell, who will become eligible for parole in 30 years.

Cantrell led the Paducah Dragons to a state championship in 2011, but was fired from the school in 2014 shortly after the charges came to light.

It's interesting to note Cantrell is not the first basketball coach in Paducah to face these kinds of  charges.  

Five years ago another basketball coach, Charles Willison pleaded guilty to an improper relationship with a student. He signed a plea deal and was sentenced to 10 years deferred adjudication probation. He also paid a $5,000 fine. However, if Willison completes his probation without any trouble he will not be found guilty of the charge. 

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