Former Monmouth County youth tennis coach Terry Kuo, also known as Victor Lee, has been sentenced to 56.5 years in state prison for 14 offenses, including kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault. The sentencing took place in Monmouth County Superior Court on Friday. Kuo will be eligible for parole at the age of 72, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago.
The charges against Kuo stemmed from a report made by one of his tennis students to the Marlboro police in November 2017. The victim, who was 12 years old at the time, stated that she had been subjected to various sex crimes by Kuo starting in August 2016. The abuse continued for over a year.
In early October, Kuo was convicted of 14 offenses, including two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, first-degree kidnapping, and first-degree child endangerment for producing child pornography. Prior to his sentencing, Kuo attempted to downplay his crimes to Superior Court Judge Jill O’Malley, stating that there were no injuries and denying repeated rape. However, O’Malley dismissed his claims, pointing to sexually explicit photos taken by Kuo of himself assaulting the victim in public locations.
During the trial, the victim testified that Kuo had showered her with expensive gifts in an attempt to coerce her into engaging in sexual activity. Investigators delving into Kuo’s finances discovered fraudulent activities involving more than a dozen people, including his parents and a cousin. The group used 120 credit cards to make fraudulent purchases totaling $400,000 and more than $200,000 in cryptocurrency.
In addition to the charges related to the sexual assault, Kuo was also indicted on 46 counts by a Monmouth County jury in 2019.