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Cheer Coach Convicted of Sex Abuse

CORVALLIS, Ore. — A former cheerleading coach, convicted of molesting an under-aged girl, was convicted again, this time for sexually abusing a young girl. A judge sentenced him to 35 months in prison.

Chained in metal shackles, David Chatman sat quietly throughout his sentencing at the Benton County Circuit Courthouse, except to apologize.

“I’m sorry that this happen. If I could take it back I would,” said Chatman.

The former cheerleading coach plead no contest to raping a 17-year-old girl whom he used to coach. Investigators say the rape happened in September 2012. The teen drove from Portland to Corvallis to visit Chatman at his apartment. While there, investigators say she fell asleep after taking prescription medicine. When she awoke, she said Chatman was on top of her, raping her. The girl kept her underwear in a plastic bag to give to police as evidence.

Chatman’s attorney insists the sex was consensual and that Chatman thought the girl was 19. It’s still unclear why the girl went to Chatman’s home in the first place. They met at a cheerleading school in Tualatin and he reportedly coached the girl when was 11 years old.

Two of the three charges against Chatman were dismissed including the rape charge. He was only convicted on one charge of sex abuse.

Chatman is a registered sex offender. He was convicted of molesting another underaged cheerleader in an airplane in 2007.

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