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Illinois coach found guilty of sexually abusing skater – NBC Chicago

A jury has found a northern Illinois ice skating coach guilty of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving a young skater.

The verdict against Eugene Heffron, 83, was announced Friday by the Winnebago County District Attorney’s Office. The girl was between 9 and 15 when the abuse took place between 1999 and 2006.

She was among three former skaters who accused the longtime Rockford coach of sexual misconduct in 2018. Illinois State Police investigated after reports that skaters had been touched in a way inappropriate during lessons, Rockford Registry Star reported that year.

Heffron is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 27, 2023. He faces between three and seven years in prison, prosecutors say. He could also benefit from probation.

Trial dates involving two additional victims have not been set.

Heffron, a member of the U.S. ice dance display team at the 1968 Olympics in Grenoble, France, had taught figure skating for the Rockford Park District since 1984 and helped organize ice shows, the Rockford reported. RegisterStar. He also taught in the district’s Learn to Skate program and gave one-on-one instruction to skaters who had trained in the Rockford area.