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New York authorities charge Wilmington coach in 2008 rape

A former North Carolina youth basketball coach faces prosecution in New York on charges he had sex with a 16-year-old autistic girl who played on his team.

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MINEOLA, N.Y. — A former Wilmington youth basketball coach faces prosecution in New York on charges he had sex with a 16-year-old autistic girl who played on his team.

Freddie Lamont Wilson was released from a North Carolina prison in February after pleading guilty in 2009 to having sex with a minor. He has been sent to New York's Long Island to face charges related to the same case.

Nassau County prosecutors say he had sex with the teenager while in Elmont, N.Y., in 2008 for a basketball tournament.

The 62-year-old Wilson is being held without bail following his arraignment Friday on third-degree rape charges. Wilson's defense attorney could not immediately be reached for comment on Monday.

Prosecutors described the victim as "developmentally disabled and mildly autistic."

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