- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - A high school basketball coach and teacher in Williston is accused of having sexual contact with a girl last December.

Thirty-three-year-old Walter Eldridge was arrested Tuesday and formally charged Wednesday with misdemeanor sexual assault. The count carries a maximum sentence of 30 days in jail.

Eldridge is Williston’s head girls basketball coach and an English teacher. Court documents don’t list an attorney for him, and a home telephone listing for him in Williston wasn’t working on Wednesday. He’s scheduled to make his initial court appearance on Friday.

Police did not immediately release further details, including whether the girl is a student at the school, saying the investigation is ongoing.

The school district declined comment.

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