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Former coach Gary Goins found guilty on 17 charges in sex abuse case

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GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

Gary Scott Goins has been found guilty on multiple charges after three weeks of testimony in his sex abuse trial.

Goins, 44, was arrested in June of 2013 after being accused of sexually abusing three of his former wrestlers. He was charged with 20 sex crimes against minors.

On Tuesday, he was found guilty on 17 of those charges. He was sentenced to prison for a minimum of 34 years and ten months and a maximum of 43 years and four months.

"I will be happy if he dies in prison. I'm very happy with the sentence the judge gave him," District Attorney Locke Bell told WBTV.

The charges include indecent liberties with a child, indecent liberties with a student and statutory rape/sex offense of a child six years old or older.

The charges came after a several month-long investigation involving the alleged sex offenses. The alleged incidents occurred between May 1, 1999 and June 15, 2004.

One victim was listed as being under the age of 16 when the incidents reportedly happened from May 1999 until September 1999.

A second victim was listed on the report as a 15-year-old boy. He was reportedly victimized from August 2003 until June 2004.

During that time, Goins was employed as a teacher and coach at East Gaston High School.

According to the school's website, he taught Earth & Environmental Science, Earth & Environmental Science Honors and Physical Science. He was also listed on the school's website as the high school's wrestling coach.

On Monday, both Goins' defense attorney and state prosecutors made their closing arguments. Goins' attorney Brent Ratchford says he will appeal the verdict, and his client turned down several offers for a plea deal.

"He could have taken the easy way out and said he did something he didn't do, but he chose not to do that," Ratchford said.

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