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Published December 12, 2011, 12:59 PM

Judge spares Minnesota defendant who has brain tumor

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — A former girls' hockey coach from Burnsville has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a teenage girl, but he won't go to prison because he has a brain tumor.

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — A former girls' hockey coach from Burnsville has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a teenage girl, but he won't go to prison because he has a brain tumor.

Dakota County Judge Richard Spicer told 57-year-old James B. Vandusartz there should be consequences for his actions. But the judge said Monday there were no consequences he could give.

A Minneapolis Star Tribune report (http://bit.ly/u9xCpN ) says Vandusartz was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor about a year ago and given 15 months to live. The judge says a sentence of jail or community service wouldn't have made sense, so he sentenced Vandusartz to 10 years on probation.

Defense attorney Denny Johnson says the tumor caused Vandusartz to have trouble with impulse control.

The diagnosis came two months after the alleged assault.

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