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Ex-basketball coach convicted of misdemeanor child molestation, acquitted on theft, forgery charges [Updated]

November 3, 2009 | 12:30 pm

Former Dominguez High basketball coach Russell Otis was convicted today of misdemeanor child molestation and acquitted on felony grand theft and forgery charges.

A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury deadlocked 10-2 in favor of conviction on a charge of meeting for a lewd purpose, a felony. Prosecutors said they had not decided yet whether they would seek to retry Otis on that charge. [Note, an earlier version of this post said prosecutors had decided to retry Otis.]

A hearing was set for Dec. 1 at which prosecutors will announce whether they will retry Otis on the felony sex charge. Otis' defense will also unveil its appeal of the misdemeanor conviction at that hearing.

A sentencing date has not been set.

[Note, an earlier version of this post said sentencing was set for Dec. 1.]

Otis was accused of making sexual advances on a former player and stealing money that was earmarked for the Compton Unified School District.

-- Lance Pugmire

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