A Spring Lake man charged with molesting one of the former softball players he had coached pleaded no contest to four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct Friday afternoon in Ottawa County Circuit Court.

Thomas Barnes Galloway, 45, was remanded to the Ottawa County Jail pending sentencing on Aug. 7. A trial scheduled for August was canceled.

“Tom’s incentive going forward with the plea at this point was to spare all involved having to go through a trial,” said defense attorney John Moritz.

Moritz declined to make any further comment.

Galloway will go to prison for a range of 4-9 years at the minimum end of his sentence, according to the plea agreement. The maximum end of the scale could be 20-30 years more than the minimum, said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Sarah Matwiejczyk.

(This story was originally published by our media partners at the Grand Haven Tribune)

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