Ex-gymnastics coach pleads guilty to Allegheny County sex assault charges
A former gymnastics coach who was granted two new sexual abuse trials last year pleaded guilty to his Allegheny County charges Monday, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Keith Callen, 48, pleaded guilty to aggravated indecent assault, sex assault by a sports official, unlawful contact and corruption of minors.
Callen was charged in April 2016 after one of his former students alleged she’d been sexually abused by the coach for several years as a teen. The girl told police Callen assaulted and abused her multiple times in his Jeep and at gymnastics studios in Hampton, West Deer and Butler.
More charges were filed by state police in Butler in July 2016 after two more girls came forward, accusing Callen of sexual abuse in the early 2000s, when they were 6 or 7 years old.
Callen, of Clinton, originally was convicted in March 2017 after a jury trial in Allegheny County, and he was sentenced to 13 to 26 years in prison. The Superior Court reversed those convictions late last year, ruling that charges out of Butler County should not have been joined with the Allegheny County charges.
Defense counsel had argued prior to the first trial that the cases, in two different counties, should not be joined, but the trial court denied that motion. A Superior Court opinion filed Oct. 31 found differently, and he was granted two new trials. The Allegheny County charges were set to go to trial Monday, when Callen instead pleaded guilty, court records show.
In exchange for that plea, prosecutors agreed to a sentence of two to four years in prison plus five years of probation, according to the District Attorney’s Office. He must register as a Megan’s Law sex offender for the rest of his life.
A jury trial in Butler County is set to begin later this week on charges of aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault and two counts each of child endangerment and corruption of minors.
Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 412-380-8519, [email protected] or via Twitter .