Former Coach re-sentenced in molestation case

In Mendocino County, the former coach of an all-girls water ski team will serve two fewer years in prison than he was originally sentenced to serve for molesting one of his team members when she was 7 years old. 71 year old Richard Kruse was convicted in March of 2012 of lewd and lascivious acts with a child younger than 14. Kruse was sentenced a few months later to the maximum term of 10 years in prison. He appealed the ruling and was resentenced Tuesday based on a state appellate court’s finding that there wasn’t enough evidence at his trial to show he used force, a necessary component of the charge. Judge Ann Moorman, who sentenced Kruse in 2012, gave him the maximum eight years in prison. In issuing the new sentence, Moorman found that Kruse committed the act “with a high degree of cruelty, viciousness and callousness.”