Columbia, SC (WLTX)- A former South Carolina Special Olympics coach has plead guilty to having sex with a Special Olympics athlete.
The victim's mom was in the Charleston courtroom Tuesday as the suspect apologized to her family.
"To see him really hurt me. He said he was sorry and I have to forgive him but that does not take the pain away," said the victim's mother.
The victim's mom says justice was served on Tuesday when a former special olympics volunteer coach was sentenced to 15-years in prison.
"Two years ago my daughter went to a special olympics event in Charleston where she was a participant, during the course of the special olympics she was sexually assaulted by her teacher."
Cornelius Davis, a former special education teaching assistant at Brookland-Cayce High School, is charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor and two counts of assault and battery in Lexington and Richland counties.
Attorney David Massey represents the victim and her mother, and he says now that the criminal case has been settled they will move forward with a civil suit against Lexington school district two and the South Carolina Special Olympics.
"The damages this child and mother have faced are not just damages that occurred shortly after the assault, but they will be with this child for the rest of her life," said Massey.
The victim's mother says even though justice was served, the past two years have been extremely tough on her family.
"I hope one day she can pick up the pieces and move forward, but it is day by day."