Former Mesa gymnastics coach pleads guilty in sex case

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Nolan Knuckles mugshot (Source: MCSO) Nolan Knuckles mugshot (Source: MCSO)

A former Mesa gymnastics coach has pleaded guilty to charges of sexual conduct and attempted sexual conduct with a minor.

Maricopa County Superior Court officials say Nolan Knuckles entered his plea Monday.

He's scheduled to be sentenced on June 1.

Under terms of a plea agreement, prosecutors have agreed to drop nine other charges in the case against Knuckles. Those included multiple sexual conduct, sexual exploitation and drug-related charges.

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Knuckles reportedly will have to register as a sex offender and pay full restitution to his 15-year-old victim.

He was arrested in the case in March 2016 and pleaded not guilty a month later.

Knuckles oversaw the boys' competitive team at Diamondback Gymnastics, which fired him after he was arrested.

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