Former major league outfielder Chad Curtis was sentenced to seven to 15 years in prison on Thursday, six weeks after a Michigan jury found him guilty of sexually assaulting three teenage girls.
Curtis, 44, was charged with six counts of criminal sexual conduct, including charges of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, third-degree criminal sexual conduct and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Curtis, an outfielder who had played for six teams, including the World Series champion New York Yankees in 1998 and 1999 during his career, faced a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
He had been a substitute teacher as well as a weight room training instructor in Lakewood, Mich. His responsibilities also included massage therapy to help students recover from muscular strains.
Curtis was arrested in May 2012 after three teens accused of him touching them inappropriately.
Two 15-year-old students accused Curtis of inappropriately touching their buttocks. A 16-year-old accused Curtis of touching her private areas and fondling and kissing her breasts.
Curtis maintained his innocence on Thursday, telling Judge Amy McDowell that the three victims lied, according to CBS New York. One of the alleged victims spoke at the sentencing hearing and say Curtis knew what he had done.
McDowell called Curtis a "predator" and a threat to any community he gets into.