MURRAY, Utah (AP) - A former Bountiful girls’ soccer coach dismissed of felony sex abuse charges said accusations and months of legal proceedings took a toll on his family and damaged his reputation.
The 42-year-old Steven Dale Green told reporters Wednesday evening that he never had sex with a 13-year-old player on his team, the Ogden Standard-Examiner (http://bit.ly/P6HMvj ) reported.
Green says officials handled the case poorly. He maintains he did not engage in any wrongdoing alleged in 13 counts of felony abuse, including rape, rape of a child and aggravated sexual abuse of a child.
“You go through life thinking: What would I do if my kid uses drugs or if I get cancer?” he said Wednesday. “You don’t go through life thinking, ‘What would I do if I get charged with child rape?”
Green says he and his wife tried to help the girl, who he says was “troubled,” by having her at their home three or four days a week. Police documents in the case show the girl’s grandmother confronted her after finding a condom in the girl’s room, to which she replied she was having sex with Green.
Judge David Connors on Tuesday dismissed the charges without prejudice. It means that attorneys may still refile the charges in the future if they see sufficient evidence.
Davis County Attorney Cristina Ortega on Tuesday dropped charges that Dale maintained a three-year sexual relationship the girl that started when she was 13.
Ortega said she didn’t see reasonable likelihood of a conviction at trial.
The teenager testified at a preliminary hearing that she and Green had sex repeatedly during the three-year window.
Information from: Standard-Examiner, http://www.standard.net