Ex-Colorado Athletic Program Coach Pleads Guilty to Sexually Assaulting Teen Athletes

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A former coach of a popular northern Colorado youth sports program pleaded guilty Wednesday to sexual assault charges for abusing teenage girls who were part of the program.

Terel Hughes, 33, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a child between the ages of 15 and 18 by a person in a position of trust, a felony and a misdemeanor count of unlawful sexual contact, court records show on line.

Hughes worked as a program director and instructor at Integrity Sports Arena in Windsor, where law enforcement officials said he asked teenage girls in the program for nude photos via Snapchat and sexually assaulted at least one of his victims.

Windsor Police opened an investigation into Hughes on January 2, 2021, after staff at Integrity Sports Arena reported allegations against him. Police backed up the claims of four girls, but believed there could be more victims, Windsor Police Cmdr. Aaron Lopez previously said.

Integrity Sports Arena suspended Hughes from his coaching role on January 3, 2021, but allowed him to continue facilitating football leagues from his home with no access to the facility and no in-person contact while the investigation continues. . The company fired Hughes after his arrest on April 1, 2021.

Hughes played basketball for Colorado State University between 2010 and 2011 before leaving the program due to a knee injury, according to his now-deleted biography on the Integrity Sports Arena website. His father is a CSU Hall of Fame player and a former NBA player with the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz, according to the biography.

Hughes is expected to be sentenced on June 9 in Larimer County District Court.

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