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Jury Acquits Former Coach

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) _ A former girls basketball coach at Midland Lee High School who also coached in Albuquerque, N.M., has been found not guilty of felony charges of indecency with a child stemming from allegations he assaulted one of his Texas players in 2002.

Dan Simmons still faces charges in Lubbock and Albuquerque from similar allegations in 2003 and the 1990s, respectively.

Dan Carney, one of Simmons' two attorneys, said Friday he was pleased the Midland jury took notice of the accuser's ``credibility issues.'' The jury returned its verdict late Thursday.

Simmons was accused of assaulting the girl, now 21, in his school office. He coached the team from 2001 to 2004 but resigned just prior to his indictment in the Midland case.

He lives with his wife in Houston but it's been ``virtually impossible for him to find a job'' because of the accusations, Carney said. Simmons does odd jobs occasionally, he said.

The New Mexico case accuses Simmons of having sex with one of his players at Albuquerque's Rio Grande High School between 1994 and 1998. Charges from Lubbock pertain to alleged sexual misconduct at a basketball tournament there in December 2003.
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