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Former Hadley Girls’ Softball Coach Gets Probation In Sex Scandal

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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A former girls’ softball coach has been sentenced to five years’ probation in a deal with prosecutors to resolve a charge he had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a teenage player a decade ago.

Forty-eight-year-old Glenn Cooke, former coach at Hopkins Academy in Hadley, appeared Friday in Hampshire Superior Court. He admitted prosecutors had sufficient facts to convict him of unnatural and lascivious conduct. The judge continued the case without a finding for five years. He will have no criminal record if he complies with probation that incudes sex offender counseling and a coaching ban.

Cooke was indicted in 2010 on rape charges involving the same victim. A judge dismissed the indictment last year, saying the case was flawed.

The now-27-year-old woman told the court Cooke stole her virginity and her childhood

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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