A former Hillcrest High School coach who pleaded guilty to statutory rape and sexual contact with a student won’t be heading off for a prison term for his actions.
Judge Michael Cordonnier imposed a suspended imposition of sentence on Mikael Cooper-Falls, who pleaded guilty in February to second degree statutory rape and sexual contact with a student. At the time of the plea, there was no agreement with prosecutors on a sentence.
While being technically sentenced to the full 7 year maximum on the statutory rape count and the full 4 year maximum on the sexual contact with a student count, the charges were suspended in favor of 5 years supervised probation.
Cooper-Falls will also have to perform 200 hours of community service within 24 months. He is prohibited from contact with anyone 17 years of age or younger unless they are directly related to Cooper-Falls.
He will also have to register as a sex offender.
“We believe the sentence was fair and appropriate considering all of the factors that the Court had to consider in determining the appropriate resolution,” Stuart Huffman, attorney for Cooper-Falls, told OI. “Mr. Cooper-Falls is deeply remorseful for his actions and the harm it caused to the victim, her family, his family and the community.”
The sentencing was delayed because of the coronavirus courthouse closures and the related court schedule backlog.