- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

BLACKFOOT, Idaho (AP) - An eastern Idaho judge has rejected a plea deal for a former Blackfoot High School soccer coach charged with molesting a player.

The Post Register reports (https://bit.ly/293qGtq) the rejection of the deal on Friday means Alisha Yeates can withdraw her March 18 guilty plea to one count of sexual abuse of a minor.

The plea deal had dropped the more severe charge of lewd conduct with a child younger than 16.

Court records say Yeates began a sexual relationship with a 12-year-old girl who denied the abuse occurred and the case was closed.

But then in April the girl, now 17, told a school counselor she’d been abused by Yeates.

Sexual abuse of a minor has a possible 25-year prison sentence.

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Information from: Post Register, https://www.postregister.com

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