Robert Piraino, former fencing coach and owner of Music City Fencing, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning in criminal court in Nashville to three counts regarding the sexual exploitation of a teenage female fencing student in 2019 and 2020.
Piraino, 38, will serve 25 years in prison for the three convictions as a result of a plea agreement.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of especially aggravated exploitation of a minor (Class B felonies with a sentence of 12 years each) and a count of displaying sexual acts to a minor (a Class E felony with a sentence of one year).
He also entered a no-contest guilty plea in his best interest for a charge of sexual battery by an authority figure against a male fencing student. His six-year sentence for that Class C felony will run at the same time as the 25 years.
As a result of the plea agreement, the remaining 106 charges against him will be dismissed. The state will also not be prosecuting another case involving Piraino, according to the plea agreement.
Piraino was indicted earlier this year on 108 counts of sexual crimes against a teenage girl he coached at Music City Fencing Club.
According to police, Piraino paid the girl to send inappropriate pictures and videos, primarily through Snapchat.
In June, he was indicted on one count of sexual battery by an authority figure for inappropriate touching during a fencing lesson in 2016. The male victim was 17 at the time.
Main Street Nashville does not name the victims in sexual crimes.
The mother of the teenage girl spoke in court Wednesday and told Piraino he messed with the wrong family. She said her love for her children superseded her hate for Piraino.
She called him a "disgusting, pathetic, vile, loser creep," an embarrassment and the "epitome of what parents try to protect their children from."
She also applauded the team of "God's warriors" that pursued justice in the case and saw it through.
She praised her daughter's strength and called her a child warrior.
"Her bravery and courage saved hundreds, if not thousands, of children," she said.
During the victim impact period in court, the male victim in the sexual battery case said his experience with Piraino caused him to lose trust in people and affected him mentally and emotionally, just as he was getting his life together.
"I trusted you," he told Piraino.
During the victim impact statements, Piraino sat still and looked down, but he finally looked up as the second victim asked for eye contact.
After being released from prison, Piraino will have to register as a sex offender.
There is also a federal civil case pending against Piraino from the teenage girl's family.
Piraino was permanently suspended from USA Fencing in 2021.