Gymnastics coach sentenced

Posted by David McRaney  email

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A former cheerleading and gymnastics coach pleaded guilty Wednesday to sexual battery, statuatory rape and molestation charges in Forrest and Lamar Counties.

Forrest County Circuit Judge Bob Helfrich sentenced 24-year-old Zachary Riley to 25 years in prison.

He was also sentenced to an additional 30 years to run consecutively.

Riley also pleaded guilty to one count of statutory rape and child molestation in Lamar county.

He was sentenced to 25 years, which will run concurrently to the Forrest County sentence.

In addition, Riley will have to pay $4,600 in fines and register as a sex offender.