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Former Osceola youth softball coach gets 30 years in prison in child molestation case

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Former Osceola youth softball coach Michael Feltz will serve 30 years in prison for child molestation, after pleading guilty to statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl on one of his teams last month.

State business records list 45-year-old Feltz as the president, director and treasurer of OC Crush Fastpitch Corp., a youth travel softball league based in Osceola.

He was sentenced to 40 years in prison Friday by St. Joseph Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Hurley. But under a plea deal with prosecutors, 10 years of that sentence will be suspended.

Feltz will also serve 5 years probation once he is released, must register as a sex offender and pay the victim’s family $1,900 in restitution.

Police began investigating Feltz earlier this year after a parent discovered that he was in an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl on one of the league’s teams.

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Jakob Lazzaro comes to Indiana from Chicago, where he graduated from Northwestern University in 2020 with a degree in Journalism and a double major in History. Before joining WVPE, he wrote NPR's Source of the Week e-mail newsletter, and previously worked for CalMatters, Pittsburgh's 90.5 WESA and North by Northwestern.