A former Blue Springs youth soccer coach was ordered Monday to spend 15 years in prison for molesting three girls, including two he coached.
Richard G. Burroughs, 44, pleaded guilty in June to three counts of first-degree child molestation. Burroughs agreed to a 15-year sentence in the Missouri Department of Corrections.
During the sentencing hearing Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court, Burroughs accepted responsibility and apologized.
“I am truly sorry for what I have done. I have no excuse,” Burroughs said. “I am truly remorseful for my actions.”
In written statements to the court, relatives of the victims said their trust in Burroughs was betrayed and the lives of the victims have been permanently affected by his actions.
“Our world has been turned upside down,” according to one relative. “We cannot trust anyone because of what he did to our daughter. This is something that will affect her for the rest of her life.”
Authorities said two of the incidents occurred at Burroughs’ home. One girl, 12, told police that in October 2011, Burroughs put his hand down her pants when he thought she was asleep during a sleepover with the coach’s daughter, who also played on the team.
The other victim, an 11-year-old, told investigators that at an end-of-the season party in November, Burroughs asked whether she wanted to see something on his computer and then rubbed his hand down her front.
The two girls shared their stories with each other New Year’s Eve and decided to tell a school counselor.
Burroughs initially denied both incidents, saying all he did with the first girl was cover her with a blanket, according to authorities.
In another incident, authorities said Burroughs went to the house of family friends in Blue Springs to drop off, he said, a DVD. The 13-year-old girl said she was alone at home and she had a feeling Burroughs knew that. The girl said Burroughs asked her to sit on his lap and then placed his hands up her shirt and down her pants.
Before leaving, according to court records, he told the girl, “Let’s just keep this between us,” and asked her to give him a hug.
The girl reported the encounter after seeing Burroughs on the news. Her mother told police that their family had been good friends with the Burroughs family for at least 10 years.