Former coach pleads no contest to delinquency charges

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - William Tanis pled no contest to two charges of contributing to the delinquency of minors. He was originally charged with five counts.

The three others were dropped by the commonwealth's attorney.

Tanis, 49, was charged in May with five counts of contributing to the delinquency of minors.  The minors were the girls he coached as a softball coach for the Crenshaw Athletic Association.

The charges against him were alleging Tanis gave members of the team alcohol during a Memorial Day weekend cookout after a practice.

He was ordered to serve two one-year jail terms, both were suspended. He also had two $500 fines, one was completely suspended and he has to pay half of the other, according to court sources.

He was asked to relinquish his Chesterfield county coaching permit which is issued by the county's parks and recreation department.

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