Office of the Attorney General
AG Conway Announces Guilty Plea and Sentencing of Boone County Man on Sex Abuse Charges

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, July 23, 2014  
Contact Information:  Daniel Kemp
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)
 


Attorney General Jack Conway today announced that a former Boone County youth coach has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing six boys from August 2011 through June 2013.  Forty-seven-year-old Michael Schweitzer entered the plea this morning in Boone Circuit Court and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

 

In June 2013, Schweitzer was charged with drugging and sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy.  An additional five boys subsequently contacted the Boone County Sheriff's Department with similar allegations of abuse.  On Aug. 6, 2013, a Boone County grand jury charged Schweitzer, who served as a volunteer coach for various Boone County area youth baseball, basketball, football and wrestling teams, with three counts of sodomy in the first degree, class B felonies; three counts of unlawful transaction with a minor in the first degree, class B felonies; and eight counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, class D felonies.  Schweitzer pleaded guilty to all of the charges this morning.

 

“I am committed to holding accountable anyone who preys upon Kentucky children,” Attorney General Conway said.  “I appreciate the hard work of my prosecutors for bringing this case to a successful close.  Because of their efforts, we have put another child predator behind bars.”

 

This case was investigated by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.  The prosecution of this case was handled by General Conway's Office of Special Prosecutions at the request of Commonwealth's Attorney Linda Talley Smith.

 

Earlier this month, Schweitzer was also sentenced in U.S. District Court to 35 years in prison after previously admitting that he created multiple videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  The Office of the Attorney General worked with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky to coordinate the prosecution of the case. 

 

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