Former ESL track coach given probation in sex abuse case

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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KTVI) – A former assistant track coach at East Saint Louis Senior High has been sentenced to two year probation for attempted sexual abuse of a teenage boy.

Prosecutors dismissed felony charges against Earlest Johnson, 35, as part of plea negotiations.

The reason, Johnson’s alleged confession was obtained by a former East St. Louis police detective who is now in legal trouble in a separate case.

Johnson had confessed to former East St. Louis detective Orlando Ward who was later convicted on federal drug charges.

Johnson’s 15-year-old victim says he was abused at the former coach’s home.   Johnson will have to register as a sex offender.