- Associated Press - Saturday, March 19, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The prosecution of a Des Moines high school basketball coach accused of sexually abusing a student will move forward, despite his objections to the destruction of video he says could exonerate him.

District Court Judge William Kelly on Wednesday refused to dismiss charges against Gerald “Tig” Johnson, The Des Moines Register reported (http://dmreg.co/1RaHsFd ).

Johnson, a Roosevelt High School teacher, is charged with sexual exploitation by a school employee and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse with no injury. Authorities say he called a 16-year-old girl out of class on Dec. 3 and had sexual contact with her in his classroom.

Johnson, who has denied the charges, has been placed on administrative leave.

His lawyer, Alfredo Parrish, had filed a motion in February asking for the charges to be dismissed after school camera video from the day of the alleged incident went missing. Parrish said the footage could have helped build a defense in what he characterized as a “he-said, she-said” case.

School officials have said the computer file holding the video was corrupted, making it impossible to retrieve the video.

The video reportedly showed the girl and Johnson’s movement to and from classrooms, including another person entering the room where Johnson and the girl were believed to be.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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