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Former Duluth, MN coach sentenced for youth sex crimes

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A former Little League baseball and Duluth Salvation Army youth basketball coach was sentenced today to serve nearly 13 years in prison after he admitted last month to sexually assaulting two preteen boys.

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Peter Jay Olson, 48, pleaded guilty to two charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct on Oct. 3, as part of a plea deal in which several other less-serious charges were dropped.

Judge Heather Sweetland sentenced Olson to 153 months in prison, a minimum guideline sentence. Prosecutors argued for a longer sentence of about 18 years, while Olson’s attorney, Daniel Lew, sought a below-guideline term.

Before sentencing, Olson delivered a lengthy apology to the boys, their families, Lake Park Little League and the Salvation Army.

“I do feel so bad for what I’ve done,” Olson said, tearing up. “I’ll never be able to undo what I’ve done, but I’ll work so hard to make sure that it never happens again.

At last month’s plea hearing, Olson admitted to performing sexual acts on one victim and of taking pictures of the victim and himself in a sexually compromising position. Olson also admitted to taking naked photos of himself and the other victim, and of having had sexual contact with him.

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