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UPDATE - The trial for Rory McKellips, the former Athens basketball coach accused of sexually assaulting an athlete, has been rescheduled.

According to online records, the trial is now scheduled to start April 1, 2013 and run through April 5th.

A final pre-trial is scheduled for February 28th.

The complaint was filed against McKellips in September 2011.


UPDATE - The trial for former Athens basketball coach Rory McKellips has been rescheduled for January 2013.  

The judge approved a request to move the trial into the new year.  A final pre-trial is set for December 21, 2012.  The jury trial is scheduled to begin January 14, 2013.

The trial was originally scheduled to start August 27, 2012.


UPDATE - The lawyers for a high school coach accused of sexually assaulting a student-athlete have asked a judge to dismiss one of the charges.

In a motion filed in Marathon County court, the attorneys for Rory McKellips say that a charge of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime should be dropped.  The attorneys say McKellips acknowledges that he communicated with the alleged victim with a cell phone.  However, they say the cell phone is old by today's standards and had no Internet capabilities.

A pre-trial is scheduled for August 10, 2012.  A jury trial is set for August 27th.

MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) -- An area high school coach is charged of sexually assaulting a student-athlete. Rory McKellips just finished his first season coaching girls basketball at Athens High School. He's also being charged with exposing himself and using a computer to facilitate a sex crime -- all felonies in Marathon County court.

Police said a teen girl told them she had sexual contact with McKellips three times over the past few months. According to the criminal complaint, she and McKellips started texting back and forth in May, a couple months after the basketball season ended. She said after her parents found out they had been texting each other, they told her McKellips should call their home phone rather than her personal cell phone. That's when she said McKellips gave her a different cell phone, one she allegedly used to take pictures of herself and send to him.

She told police she went to his house three times and that's when the sexual contact happened. The teen said McKellips gave her gifts, like an Aaron Rodgers jersey and a quilt, and would sometimes drop things off at her house.

Police said when they went to interview McKellips, he said he knew why they wanted to talk to him. Police said when they questioned McKellips about his phone, he told them he had just dropped it into a boiler at work on accident. Police said McKellips also told them he'd dropped his phone into a boiler once before.

Authorities said he claimed to have an extra cell phone and that's why he gave it to the alleged victim. He said her parents would take away her phone sometimes and he was concerned about her well-being. Police said McKellips told them he thought the girl was having family trouble and was suicidal. He told police he believed he saved her life.

Authorities said McKellips said he kissed her once on the cheek, but didn't mention any sexual interactions.

McKellips has a long history as a basketball coach in north central Wisconsin. He led the Mosinee girls' basketball team to state five times, winning once in 2000. He also coached for a year at Wisconsin Valley Lutheran.

The attorney for the Athens School District said McKellips has been temporarily relieved of his duties while the investigation continues. The judge ordered that he return his set of keys for the school building to the police. McKellips is currently being held at the Marathon County jail on a $25,000 cash bond.

"The court also looks at protection of the public when ordering bond," said assistant district attorney Tamera Hansen. "Since these were sexual assault allegations, protection of the public was also considered."

The judge also told McKellips he's not allowed to go on the premises of Athens School District property.

A five day trial is scheduled to begin August 27, 2012.

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