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Former Queens hoops coach pleads guilty to sex abuse



A once-celebrated Christ the King basketball coach accused of molesting a player in 1976 pleaded guilty to the charge Monday – but he won’t serve any jail time.

Bob Oliva, whose 27-year career at the Queens prep school included coaching future NBA stars, cut the deal with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office in Massachusetts, where some of the sexual abuse took place. He faced as many as two life sentences if convicted.

“You are a sick, disgusting person and a poor example of a human being,” victim Jimmy Carlino said in a court statement. He said Oliva molested him more than 100 times during various trips together.

Oliva received five years probation. He also must register as a sex offender, stay away from coaching and not interact with minors unsupervised. He resigned from the high school in 2009 once the allegations surfaced.


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