Sport Lions coach Matt Patricia denies 1996 assault allegation

08:06  10 may  2018
08:06  10 may  2018 Source:   ap.org

Matt Patricia Was Indicted in 1996 Sexual Assault Case; Was Not Tried

  Matt Patricia Was Indicted in 1996 Sexual Assault Case; Was Not Tried An indictment from 22 years ago was uncovered by the Detroit News.On March 15, 1996, a 21-year-old woman reported to police that Patricia and his friend and RPI football teammate Greg Dietrich attacked her in a hotel room and violently sexually assaulted her.

ALLEN PARK -- Matt Patricia has had a crazy month. He interviewed for three head coaching jobs, including twice with the Lions . Two days later, he was back in Detroit to be introduced as the next Lions coach .

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FILE - In this April 27, 2018, file photo, Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia introduces first-round draft pick Frank Ragnow at the NFL football team's training facility in Allen Park, Mich. Patricia is maintaining his innocence after a 1996 sexual assault allegation against him resurfaced in reports Wednesday night, May 9. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)© The Associated Press FILE - In this April 27, 2018, file photo, Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia introduces first-round draft pick Frank Ragnow at the NFL football team's training facility in Allen Park, Mich. Patricia is maintaining his innocence after a 1996 sexual assault allegation against him resurfaced in reports Wednesday night, May 9. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia maintained his innocence and his new team said it supported him after a 1996 sexual assault allegation resurfaced Wednesday night.

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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.

Lions coach Matt Patricia says he was 'falsely accused' of 1996 sex assault for which he was charged

  Lions coach Matt Patricia says he was 'falsely accused' of 1996 sex assault for which he was charged According to Texas court records, new Lions coach Matt Patricia was charged in 1996 with aggravated sexual assault, but he was never prosecuted for it. The case was quickly dismissed and the coach says he was "falsely accused."According to Texas court records, Patricia was charged in 1996 with aggravated sexual assault, but he was never prosecuted for it. The case was quickly dismissed.

New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia has been named the Detroit Lions head coach , the team announced Monday. Time.

Matt Patricia has been locked in for the New England Patriots, so he hasn't been able to give a statement officially chatting about rumors that he planned to coach the Detroit Lions .

"As someone who was falsely accused of this very serious charge over 22 years ago, and never given the opportunity to defend myself and clear my name, I find it incredibly unfair, disappointing, and frustrating that this story would resurface now with the only purpose being to damage my character and reputation," Patricia said in a statement issued by the Lions. "I firmly maintain my innocence, as I have always done."

The Lions hired Patricia after last season to replace Jim Caldwell as coach. He had previously been an assistant with the New England Patriots.

The Lions said a "standard pre-employment background check" did not turn up the incident. But the team said it was standing by Patricia.

"We have spoken to Coach Patricia about this at length as well as the attorney who represented him at the time," the Lions said in a statement attributed to owner Martha Firestone Ford, general manager Bob Quinn and president Rod Wood. "Based upon everything we have learned, we believe and have accepted Coach Patricia's explanation and we will continue to support him."

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Lions defend vetting of Matt Patricia during hiring process .
The Detroit Lions again defended themselves Saturday after they hired head coach Matt Patricia without discovering that he faced a sexual assault indictment in 1996. The Detroit Lions again defended themselves Saturday after they hired head coach Matt Patricia without discovering that he faced a sexual assault indictment in 1996.

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