A former Cooper City youth baseball coach who is accused of molesting two boys on his team accepted a plea deal Wednesday.
As part of the plea deal, David Solomon pleaded guilty to felony sexual battery and molestation charges, and will serve 12 years in prison followed by 10 years of probation. He will also be registered as a sexual predator.
Solomon initially refused the deal, but the judge warned him that he would face 18 mandatory life sentences if he was found guilty on all counts. He would also have no chance of parole.
Solomon asked the judge for another day to think over the deal. The judge gave him 45 minutes.
Solomon briefly addressed the victims' families in court, saying that he did not hurt their children, despite accepting the plea deal.
Solomon previously declined a plea deal in February that would have sentenced him to 25 years in prison. He also agreed Feb. 24 to consolidate the two criminal cases against him.
The former Little League coach was charged with 18 felony sexual battery and molestation counts after two 11-year-old boys on his Optimist baseball team claimed that he touched them inappropriately during car rides and at sleepovers at his home.
Solomon was previously arrested on molestation charges in 2000 while working as a physical education teacher at Hialeah Gardens Elementary School.
In that case, Solomon and his attorneys claimed that the two boys, who were under the age of 14, were lying. One of the boys eventually recanted his claims, and the state dropped the charges against Solomon.
Solomon has been in jail since his arrest in July 2015.
This BBSNews article originally appeared on News | WPLG.