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Former Danville High School football coach pleads guilty to sodomy charges

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Posted at 9:32 PM, Nov 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-21 21:32:48-05

(LEX 18/ADVOCATE MESSENGER) — According to the Danville Advocate-Messenger, a former coach at Danville High School has pleaded guilty to four counts of sodomy.

Thomas Duffy, 70, was indicted on four counts of sodomy in 2018. Duffy pleaded guilty to those charges on Thursday, according to the paper.

Richard Bottoms, Commonwealth attorney, said that Duffy should be sentenced five years in prison for each count and it should be served concurrently.

There was no objection to probation, which will be decided on Jan. 7, 2020 at Duffy's sentencing hearing, according to the paper.

"If he is not probated, then the case can be set for trial," said Bottoms. "The plea can be set aside for trial if he is not probated." Bottoms also said that this is something that Adkins has agreed to.

Bottoms also requested that Duffy be put on the sex offender list, with restrictions, from 1982.

The victim, Jodie Adkins, graduated from Danville High School in 1985 and the paper reported that she said she was glad that she came forward.

"It's been a long journey. This is not something that just came up," said Adkins. "Even as far as talking to officials, it's been a long time."

Adkins said that it was hard to come to court but Bottoms and his staffed helped her.

"The key in this is the fact that he [Duffy] made a true admission of guilt on all four counts as charged," Bottoms said. "That's what made it acceptable for Jodie. I think that was important to her."

Duffy also coached at several other schools, including The Highlands and Henderson County.