Emotional sentencing in Omegle chat turned basement nightmare

Twin Cities metro sports coach Casey Lee Chinn was sentenced on Wednesday to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty in February to the kidnapping and sexual assault of a pair of 13-year-old Andover, Minn. girls he met on the chat site Omegle.

Chinn, 23, spent two weeks conversing with the girls in sexual online chats and text messages, and the girls were reported missing from Andover, Minn. last fall. Police found them the morning after they went missing, crying and "huddled behind a couch" in the basement of Chinn's home in Burnsville, Minn. Chinn allegedly had the girls in basement because he lived with his parents who were upstairs. 

Choking back tears inside an Anoka County courtroom, Chinn read a letter of apology to the court during his sentencing.

"The wrongs that I have done cannot be undone, and if I could go back and change it all, I would, but the reality is, I cannot. I'm truly sorry for all that I've done," he read.

Chinn's apology came on the heels of emotional victim impact statements from the girls' parents. They spoke of shattered lives, of 6 months of counseling and called Chinn a pedophile. The girls were not present. The courtroom filled with tears as Chinn was sentenced, and the judge told supporters on both sides not to despair, but that there was reason for everyone involved to look toward the future.

Chinn also apologized to his student athletes over the years during the sentencing. Chinn served as a volleyball coach at Christo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis, and as a volunteer baseball coach in the South Washington County School District. District officials ran a background check and reviewed his references before hiring him to the position.

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What is Omegle?

Omegle is one of the most popular sites on the Internet that parents may not know about. A technology expert told Fox 9 News the site is among the most dangerous out there when it comes to kids and online safety. The site allows users to chat instantly with strangers and is extremely easy to use, but a lot of the people who use it are looking for something besides a casual conversation.

More: What is Omegle, and why parents should care
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