DANVILLE, Ky. (KT) - A former Danville High School football coach pleaded guilty Thursday to four counts of third-degree sodomy with a person younger than 16 from crimes that occurred in 1982 and 1983.
Thomas Duffy, 70, originally was scheduled to have a jury trial starting Monday. However, he appeared before Circuit Judge Darren Peckler on Thursday morning to plead guilty to the charges.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Richard Bottoms recommended Duffy be sentenced to five years in prison on each count, to be served concurrently. But he didn’t object to probation, which will be determined at Duffy’s sentencing hearing on Jan. 7, 2020. Bottoms also asked that Duffy be a registered sex offender with restrictions from 1982.
Following the short court appearance, the victim, Jodie Adkins, who graduated from Danville High School in 1985, said she was glad that he admitted to what he had done. She said this wasn’t the first time she had tried to bring Duffy to court.
“It’s been ongoing for years. … I actually talked with the district attorney six years ago.”
While standing next to her husband, Adkins said, “It’s been a long journey. This is not something that just came up. Even as far as talking to officials, it’s been a long time.”
She said it’s taken her several years to finally be able to appear in court, and she was grateful for Bottoms and his staff in helping her reach this spot. “Richie’s been wonderful.”
Bottoms said, “The key in this is the fact that he (Duffy) made a true admission of guilt on all four counts as charged. That’s what made it acceptable for Jodie. I think that was important to her.”
When Duffy returns for his sentencing hearing, Bottoms said they have no objection to probation, but it will be the judge’s decision.
“If he is not probated, then the case can be set for trial. The plea can be set aside for trial if he is not probated.”
Bottoms added, “This is something our victim agreed to.”
Duffy had been the head football coach at Danville High School for eight years and served as athletic director for the school system. He also taught American History, personal typing, business math, introduction to business and typing I.
During his career at Danville, Duffy led the Admirals to state championships in 1984 and 1987. He had also been named All-Area Coach for several years and was named the Courier-Journal’s Coach of the Year.
Duffy resigned in 1988 and took the head coaching position at Fort Thomas Highlands.