KENNER, La. (WGNO) -- A former gymnastics coach plead guilty as charged, and was sentenced to 65 years in prison.
The judge made the decision after 27-year-old Jonathan M. West admitted to sexually exploiting 13 boys under his care.
The victims were between the ages of 8 and 15 when the abuse happened, beginning in 2015 and ending with his arrest on May 31, 2018, according to the bill of information.
West pleaded guilty to:
Nine counts of indecent behavior with juveniles;
One count of indecent behavior with a juvenile under age 13;
Eight counts of sexual battery;
Two counts of oral sexual battery;
Three counts of sexual battery of a child under age 13;
One count of computer solicitation of a minor under age 13.
Judge Stephen Enright of the 24th Judicial District Court ran West's sentences concurrently for a total of 65 years.
Police say should West ever be released from prison, he will have to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.