Ex-Coach Gets Prison For Sex With Teen Player

April 15, 2014: Dayton, OH - A former area soccer coach was sentenced Monday to two years in prison for sexual battery involving a former teenage player.

Jeffrey Walden, 45, now of Knoxville, Tenn., pleaded no contest to two counts of sexual battery in March in Miami County Common Pleas Court.

Walden was accused of sexual conduct with a girl beginning in 2007 when she was 15 and continuing until April 2011. The conduct took place in a city park and other locations, according to court documents.

Troy police said Walden was a coach of traveling teams, including the Dayton Gunners Football Club, and at one time coached a team in Brookville schools.

As part of a plea bargain, prosecutors agreed not to pursue other charges involving the victim.

Walden said starting the relationship was the biggest mistake he'd made in his life and that he hoped the girl could "find it in her heart to forgive me." His fiancee and his father asked Judge Christopher Gee to have mercy on Walden, who they described as a good man.

The victim said she wanted to forget the relationship and move on, but could not because of anger, anxiety and depression.

Gee said Walden took advantage of the girl's vulnerability and helped her deceive her mother. "The victim will continue to carry baggage of this perverted relationship," he said.

Walden's sex offender designation will be decided in a hearing scheduled for Friday before Gee. Walden was given credit for 137 days he's spent in jail since his arrest.

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