Former youth basketball coach Jerrell Sanders sentenced to prison for sex crime

Sanders was charged in November 2019 by the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office.
Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 9:28 AM EST
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JACKSON, Mich. (WILX) - Tuesday a former Jackson County youth basketball coach was sentenced to five to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to criminal sexual conduct involving a minor.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced the sentencing Wednesday.

Jerrell Sanders, 31, appeared in Ingham County 30th Circuit Court for his sentencing before Judge Rosemarie Aquilina. In September, Sanders pled guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a person between the ages of 13 and 15.

Sanders was charged in November 2019 by the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office. Due to a conflict of interest, the office referred the case to the Attorney General’s office. The case was Judges in Jackson County also recused themselves due to conflicts of interest, sending the case to Ingham County.

“Sexual predators come in a variety of different forms, but many use their notoriety and positions of power to prey on their subordinates and others in vulnerable situations,” said Nessel. “This behavior is inexcusable, immoral and criminal, and those who think they can use their authority for their own twisted agendas must answer for their misdeeds.”

The felony count stems from an incident where Sanders engaged in sexual intercourse with a minor who was 15 years old at the time. That incident occurred Nov. 5, 2019.

In addition to serving as the East Jackson High School girls basketball coach, Sanders coached for Michigan Premier Basketball, a non-school affiliated basketball program. He participated with that program at the Michigan Sports Facility of Jackson where he mentored young women and girls.

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