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Ex-college coach sentenced for sexually assaulting player

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The former men's basketball coach at Middlesex County College has been sentenced to 52 years in prison for sexually assaulting a male teenager who played on a traveling team that he also coached.

Christopher Tarver, 47, of Jackson, must also register as a sex offender under the sentence imposed Friday.

Tarver was found guilty last November of sexual assault, criminal sexual contact, child endangerment, official misconduct and possession of child pornography

Tarver was also the recreation director for the town of Dunellen.

According to authorities, between 2010 and 2011, Tarver sexually touched the boy, who had thought the coach could help him achieve his goal of playing basketball for a major college.

The investigation began when the victim contacted authorities.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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