Parole denied for former Midlands youth basketball coach convicted of child sex charges

Chuck Sullivan (SC Department of Corrections)
Chuck Sullivan (SC Department of Corrections)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A former youth basketball coach in Columbia who is spending 35 years in prison for molesting more than a dozen boys is not getting out of prison anytime soon.

56-year-old Chuck Sullivan appeared before the parole board Wednesday. His parole was denied.

Sullivan was sentenced to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty in 1998 to 32 charges. Prosecutors say he fondled, molested and took pornographic pictures of children between the ages of 10 and 16 for about 20 years starting in the mid-1970s.

He admitted in court to giving the boys alcohol and then molesting them.

Sullivan taught at Cardinal Newman High School and St. Joseph's Catholic School and volunteered to work with children.

The man who prosecuted Sullivan and the families of several victims are expected at the hearing.

Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon spokesperson Pete O'Boyle says Sullivan has been denied parole at least twice in the past.

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