Former Cheer Coach gets life sentence for molesting students

Timothy Wells-Lee was sentenced to life in prison without parole for 42 years. All four students were under the age of 16, we know at least one of them was 14. This is one of the longest sentences I have read for this crime and I want to make sure it is well known. We need tougher sentencing for these crimes against our kids. This case also shows the need for youth-serving organizations to be more thorough in background checks and not rely solely on criminal background checks. They need to conduct a thorough check of all previous employment and scrutinize any gaps in employment or frequent employment changes. This coach worked at three different youth-serving organizations who all witnessed questionable behavior, documented here in the Memorandum Opinion from the appellate court.