Former hockey coach sentenced to 62 years in sex abuse case

On Monday, a Sterling resident and former Soldotna High School hockey coach was sentenced to more than 60 years in prison for sexual abuse of six minors and possession child pornography.

Bradley Elliott, 57, pleaded guilty to 15 charges, including six charges of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, one charge of possession of child pornography and eight charges of indecent photography, according to Kenai District Attorney Scot Leaders.

Elliott faces 62 years and 240 days in prison, with 42 years suspended and a $300,000 fine, with $240,000 suspended.

Elliott was arrested in 2016 and charged with 34 felony counts, including second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, unlawful exploitation of a minor, indecent exposure and possession and distribution of child pornography. In August, he was charged with four additional counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, and four counts of indecent viewing or photography.

The sexual abuse dates back to 2002, according to the complaints filed against Elliott.

Elliott coached junior varsity hockey from 2008 to 2010 at Soldotna High School, and was an assistant coach for the varsity team for the 2007-2008 season, according to a 2012-2013 Soldotna Hockey Program.

In February, unnamed plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, the Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association and Elliott seeking damages in excess of $100,000. The suit alleges that through his association with the school and the hockey organization Elliott was able to build relationships with families and gain their trust, and that the hockey association and school district were negligent in their hiring, training and supervision practices.

A status hearing in the case is scheduled for Dec. 18.

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