- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 26, 2016

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) - The lawyer for a former Massachusetts high school swim coach charged with giving prescription medications to a student on the team is asking a judge to dismiss evidence in the case.

The Eagle-Tribune reports that Elizabeth Backler’s attorney says police did not get a warrant to obtain Backler’s list of prescriptions from the pharmacy.

Backler, former coach at North Andover High, faces charges of distribution of prescription narcotics for allegedly giving the girl OxyContin and Valium after the girl complained of pain. She pleaded not guilty and is free on personal recognizance.

Prosecutors say Backler befriended the 16-year-old girl, texted her, sent her cards and gifts, took her to dinner and invited her to her apartment. There are no allegations of sexual misconduct.

Backler’s lawyer says her client is innocent.


Information from: Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Mass.), https://www.eagletribune.com

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