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Sex Charges Dismissed Against Former Akron-Westfield Wrestling Coach On Technicality

gavel_1Le Mars, Iowa — Charges against a former Akron-Westfield assistant wrestling coach have been dismissed.

Thirty-year-old Chad Utesch of Ireton was charged with one felony and five misdemeanor counts of Sexual Exploitation by a School Employee when officials found out he had slept with a 17-year-old female student at least five times in 2011. The problem is, technically, he wasn’t a school employee, because his coaching certificate had expired in January of 2010.

Judge Jeffrey Neary agreed with a defense motion to dismiss the charges, and ruled that since he didn’t have a valid coaching certificate, he didn’t meet the definition of a school employee, so he could not be charged with Sexual Exploitation by a School Employee.

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