A local man who pleaded guilty to 15 counts of first-degree sexual abuse in April was sentenced to five years in prison on each count Tuesday by Boyle Circuit Judge Darren Peckler.
The 15 five-year sentences for William F. Coffey, 60, of 692 Bryants Camp Road, Lancaster, will run concurrently.
Peckler pronounced the sentence after hearing Coffey apologize to his "family, friends and everyone this affected," saying he was "embarrassed."
Defense attorney Ephraim Helton requested probation for Coffey, submitting letters of character commendation as well as statements citing Coffey's poor health and otherwise clean police record, but Peckler said community standards mandated jail time.
"Even in light of the apology, it is nonetheless something that is repugnant," said Peckler, referring to Coffey's crime. "I don't think it would have been interrupted had it not been discovered and reported. I have some real concerns about the ongoing nature of the crime and the consequences this may have on the victim long term."