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Former coach sentenced for sex assault

Associated Press / March 9, 2011

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A former youth soccer coach from Medford has been sentenced to up to four years in prison for raping one of his players. Prosecutors say Roger Lau, 27, was also sentenced Monday in Superior Court to five years of probation, and ordered to register as a sex offender and never work with children under 18. Lau was convicted on child rape charges last week for assaulting the girl from the spring of 2003 until the summer of 2004, starting when she was 13 years old. Authorities say Lau first started talking to the victim on the phone, then invited her to his house to watch a movie. Lau has always said he is innocent.