Former coach charged with sexual abuse replaces attorney

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Pictured: Barry Wolfe Pictured: Barry Wolfe

CHARLESTON, Ill. (WAND) – A man charged with sexually assaulting basketball players now has a new attorney.

The Edgar County Watchdogs report Barry Wolfe made a court appearance Wednesday morning in Coles County. He previously sent a letter to the judge asking to withdraw his guilty plea to multiple counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Circuit Judge Brien O’Brien appointed a new attorney to Wolfe after his previous counsel decided to withdraw, the Watchdogs said. They report Wolfe originally suggested his attorney should withdraw.

Wolfe – a former AAU basketball coach – pleaded guilty on June 26 to four counts of sexual assault. He was charged with abusing players who were minors in his program, which has since disbanded.

The Watchdogs say a decision on when Wolfe’s motion to withdraw the guilty plea will be heard is scheduled to be made in a Sept. 13 status hearing.

Wolfe remains in the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections.  

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