Charge against HHS girls' coach dismissed

June 10, 2004|ANN R. HARNEY

HARRODSBURG — The sexual abuse charge against Harrodsburg High School girls' basketball coach Brian Tolliver has been dismissed.

The dismissal apparently brings to a close a case that began in February when the mother of one of Tolliver's players charged him with first-degree sexual abuse.

At a hearing in Mercer District Court in early March, the alleged victim testified that she was inappropriately touched and forced to touch the coach while he was taking her home from basketball practice.

At the end of the hearing, District Judge Jeff Dotson ruled there was enough evidence to send the matter to the Mercer County Grand Jury.


The grand jury lowered the charge to third-degree sexual abuse later the same month and remanded it back to District Court, where the whole process of pleadings and hearings began again.

The original charge against Tolliver was a felony with punishment of one to five years in prison. The lesser charge is a misdemeanor with punishments of 90 days in jail and up to a $250 fine.

Tolliver appeared for formal arraignment last month and on June 3, he appeared for a pretrial conference in District Court.

In the hearing last week, Tolliver again denied all of the allegations against him, as he has done throughout the legal process, and a motion was filed to dismiss to the charge. Judge Dotson agreed to dismiss the charge without prejudice.

Tolliver was suspended with pay from the Harrodsburg school system for the duration of the legal process. He was a health teacher at Harrodsburg Middle School as well as the girls' high school basketball coach.

Harrodsburg Superintendent H.M. Snodgrass was unavailable to comment on Tolliver's status with the school system since all charges have been dismissed.

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