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McKellips pleads not guilty to perjury

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WAUSAU (WAOW) - The former Athens girls basketball coach convicted of using a computer to facilitate a sex crime with one of the girls on his team pleaded not guilty Wednesday to accusations that he lied when he testified during the trial.

Rory McKellips of Mosinee and his wife Constance were each charged with one count of perjury in their testimony during a sexual assault trial in June. Prosecutors say the couple lied about Rory McKellips's personal grooming habits.

The couple pleaded not guilty to the charge Wednesday, and a judge set a jury trial for the week of Nov. 18.

A jury convicted Rory McKellips, 56, of one felony and one misdemeanor but found him innocent of a felony count of repeated sexual assault of a child. He is to be sentenced Oct. 25 and faces a maximum punishment of 40 years in prison.

McKellips was charged in 2011 after a then-15-year-old member of his girls basketball team told authorities she had sexual contact with McKellips three times over several months at his home.

McKellips testified during his five-day trial and denied the girl's allegations.

During the trial, McKellips and his 57-year-old wife testified that he groomed his private area. The girl testified that he had pubic hair during her involvement with him. The differing accounts reflected on the credibility of the witnesses.

After the trial, some workers at a paper mill where McKellips worked and took group showers with him told prosecutors he lied in his trial testimony, according to the criminal complaint.

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