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Former Dominguez High School basketball coach is sentenced to 60 days in jail for child molestation

January 28, 2010 |  6:11 pm

Veteran Compton high school coach Russell Otis today was sentenced to 60 days in county jail, placed on three years' probation and ordered to undergo a year of sex offender counseling.

Otis, 47, was convicted last year of a misdemeanor charge of child molestation for subjecting a former player to a barrage of text messages that the player testified was sexual in nature.

Otis also will have to register as a sex offender, which will bar him from teaching or coaching again.

In the 20 seasons that he coached boys’ basketball at Dominguez High School, he directed the Dons to five state championships and 10 CIF Southern Section titles.

Otis’ attorney, Leonard Levine, announced in court that he will appeal the conviction.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Pat Connolly released Otis on bail pending appeal.

—Lance Pugmire

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