Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Sexual assault charges dismissed against Cambridge coach - DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

JEFFERSON, Wis. (AP) - Charges were dropped Monday against a high school teacher and coach accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old female student in 2005.

Joseph Parish, 37, of Cambridge, had been charged with second-degree sexual assault, false imprisonment and intimidation of a victim. His jury trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday.

Prosecutors requested the dismissal, ordered Monday by Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge John Ullsvik.

"We believe this resolution is in the interests of the public and of justice," Jefferson County Prosecutor Tris Baker told the Daily Times in Watertown.

Neither Baker nor Parish's attorneys would make direct comment on the resolution.

Court records, including a defense motion seeking the victim's medical records state, "(The victim's) allegation (of sexual misconduct) is refuted by her phone records. (Her) cellular phone records show that her phone was used during the time period when she claims her phone was lost and also during the time frame of her claim of sexual assault."

Other records indicate the girl informed a counselor that no assault had occurred.

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