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High school coaching legend Robert Oliva pleads guilty to child sex abuse in 1976 case

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(CBS/AP) BOSTON -- Former legendary New York high school coach Robert Oliva, 66, has pleaded guilty in Boston to sex abuse charges dating back to the 1970s.

The ex-basketball coach was sentenced Monday to five years of probation after pleading guilty to two counts of child rape and one count of disseminating pornography to a minor.

Oliva was accused of abusing then 14-year-old James Carlino during a trip to Boston's Fenway Park in 1976, reports the New York Daily News. Carlino took part in the youth basketball league Oliva coached, but was not one of his own players.

Oliva's accuser read a statement calling Oliva "a disgusting human being" who took advantage of his position of power.

The probation is part of a plea deal that also requires Oliva to register as a sex offender, wear a GPS tracking anklet, undergo sex offender treatment, and to have no unsupervised contact with minors, according to the Daily News.

Oliva worked at Christ the King Regional High School where he trained several future NBA players and won 549 games and 5 city championships in 27 seasons. He resigned in 2009 citing health reasons.

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