COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Joshua Carrier, the former Colorado Springs police officer convicted of inappropriately touching students while volunteering as an assistant wrestling coach, was sentenced to spend at least 70 years in prison Friday.
The sentence relates to 18 individual victims.
District Judge David A. Gilbert, who sentenced Carrier, told the victims: "My heart goes out to each and every one of you."
Carrier was accused of fondling, groping and videotaping Horace Mann Middle School wrestlers under the pretext he was checking them for skin diseases before matches. He also was accused of molesting children while checking students who complained of sports injuries and illness.
In addition, Carrier was convicted of child pornography charges related to DVDs and images found by police.
Prosecutors said Carrier must serve the full 70 years before he is eligible for parole.