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Lions coach, VVS grad Matt Patricia denies 1996 assault allegation

Matt Patricia smiles while being introduced as the new head coach of the Detroit Lions during an NFL football news conference at the team's training facility in Allen Park, Mich., Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Detroit Lions coach and Vernon-Verona-Sherrill graduate Matt Patricia is maintaining his innocence after a 1996 sexual assault allegation against him resurfaced Wednesday night.

Posted: May 10, 2018 9:29 AM
Updated: May 10, 2018 9:53 AM

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Detroit Lions coach and Vernon-Verona-Sherrill graduate Matt Patricia is maintaining his innocence after a 1996 sexual assault allegation against him resurfaced Wednesday night.

The Detroit News reported that Patricia and a friend of his were indicted 22 years ago by a Texas grand jury, on one count each of aggravated sexual assault for an alleged incident involving a woman on South Padre Island. The accuser did not testify and the case was dismissed 10 months later.

In a statement issued by the Lions, Patricia said he was "falsely accused" and he found it "incredibly unfair, disappointing, and frustrating that this story would resurface now."

The Lions hired Patricia after last season to replace Jim Caldwell as coach. They said a pre-employment background check didn't disclose the incident, but they believe Patricia's explanation and support himp.

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