U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Missouri
September 29, 2014

Assistant Coach Pleads Guilty to Exploitation Charges

ST. LOUIS, MO—Sashane Chin pled guilty to charges of transporting a minor across state lines to engage in sexual activity. According to court documents, in the fall of 2013, Sashane Chin was hired as a school secretary in the main office at Gateway STEM High School in St. Louis City, and the assistant basketball coach for the girls’ basketball team. In March 2014, Chin began contacting a seventeen year old student via cell phone while at school. Chin admitted with her plea that she transported the student/victim from St. Louis, Missouri to Chin’s residence in Venice, Illinois on two different occasions for sexual encounters.

Chin, 26, Venice, IL, pled guilty to one felony count of transporting a minor with the intent to engage in sexual activity before United States District Judge Carol E. Jackson. Sentencing has been set for January 5, 2015.

This charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000. In determining the actual sentences, a judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Venice Illinois Police Department, along with assistance from the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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