TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Former University of Arizona coach Craig Carter was sentenced on Monday, May 14, to five years in prison for his March conviction on charges of aggravated assault and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Carter was already headed to prison after he pleaded guilty to charges of stalking and aggravated harassment on April 30.
After the plea, Carter was sentenced to three years in prison, which were to be served at the same time as any sentence handed down from a separate trial earlier this year.
Carter had been accused of harassing, stalking and threatening Baillie Gibson, who he coached on the Wildcats' track and field team.
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Earlier this year, Carter's attorneys requested the charges be severed and a judge agreed. That meant he would have had two trials connected to the case.
In March 2018, he went on trial on charges of aggravated assault and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was found guilty by a jury on March 30.
Almost immediately, his attorneys filed a motion for a new trial. That request was dropped as part of the plea deal.
Gibson, a shot putter with Olympic aspirations, told ESPN Carter "forced her into the relationship with blackmail and threats."
Carter, who is married with four children, has claimed the relationship was consensual.
According to police reports, Gibson and Carter were in a relationship for 2 1/2 years. That relationship allegedly began in June 2012, when the Wildcats were in Eugene, OR, for the Olympic trials.
While in Eugene, Gibson said she went to a party with her teammates and drank heavily. She claims she called Carter for a ride and he came to pick her up.
"I remember getting in the car, and then I don't remember really what else happened," Gibson told ESPN.
Gibson said Carter showed her cell phone photos the next morning, pictures he allegedly took of while she naked and engaged in sex acts.
Gibson claims Carter then used those photos to blackmail her into having sex with him. The two continued a relationship until April 2015, when Gibson decided to transfer. Gibson said when she told Carter she was leaving, he allegedly assaulted and threatened her with a box cutter.
In an interview with ESPN, Carter admitted to the assault.
In the days that followed, Carter allegedly stalked and harassed Gibson.
According to a police report, Carter followed Gibson to class and threatened her.
Gibson went to police and Carter was arrested on May 1, 2015. He resigned from the university a few weeks after his arrest.
In November 2015, a judge ordered him to stay away from the track and field where he once worked after other UA coaches said he was allegedly driving by the field and yelling at athletes.
Gibson has filed a civil lawsuit against Carter, UA head track coach Fred Harvey, former athletic director Greg Byrne as well as the University of Arizona and the Arizona Board of Regents.
In February 2016, Carter and his wife filed a counter suit against Gibson, accusing her of making false statements and causing them emotional distress.