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Ex-coach will serve time for sexual contact with girl, 14

A former Little League coach was sentenced today for the rape of a 14-year-old girl who played on his softball team.

Eric Robert Sell, 31, pleaded guilty in October 2007 to a charge of third-degree rape, a felony defined under Oregon law as sexual contact with a person who is too young to give consent.

Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Patricia Crain sentenced Sell to 30 days in jail and three years supervised probation. He must register as a sex offender, undergo sex abuse counseling, submit to HIV, DNA and polygraph testing, and have no contact with the victim or unsupervised visitation with minor children.

Crain ordered Sell, who declined to comment at his sentencing, to report to jail on his birthday, Jan. 21.

"You were in a position of trust," admonished Crain. "And you were willing to take advantage of your position. What does that say about you as a person?"

Sell met the victim while coaching the Gold Valley National Little League team in Gold Hill, police said. The girl told investigators that she and Sell had sexual contact several times in June and July.

The girl's mother spoke at Sell's sentencing, urging the court to give Sell "the strongest punishment" allowable under the law.

- Sanne Specht