High school hoops coach guilty of having sex with student

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GOLDEN, Colo. – A former varsity girls basketball coach at Alameda High School was found guilty Friday of having sex with a 17-year-old female student and possessing nude photos of underage girls.

Wesley Specht, 27, was convicted on one count of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust and three counts of sexual exploitation of a child.

The jury found him not guilty of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl and also not guilty of attempting to have sexual contact with a 15-year-old.

Prosecutors say two of the three girls played on the basketball team and one was a cheerleader.

Specht, a former player for the Colorado Kings of the American Basketball Association, was hired as an assistant coach at Alameda High School in November 2009 and later took over the varsity coaching position.

Students say rumors of the alleged sexual activity had been circulating on campus for some time.