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The Suburbanite
  • Retrial starts in sexual battery case involving strength coach

  • The second trial started in the case of a former school teacher who is accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in his job as a strength and conditioning coach. Bradford L. Dean, 34, faces a felony sexual battery charge.

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  • The retrial of Bradford L. Dean started Tuesday on allegations he sexually assaulted a teenage girl while he was helping her with stretching exercises in his job as a strength and conditioning coach.
    Dean, 34, is charged with sexual battery, a third-degree felony. The alleged misconduct occurred Feb. 19.
    Dean is the head performance coach at SWAT (Specialized Workouts and Training) in Jackson Township, according to the facility’s website. He is accused of digitally penetrating the 16-year-old girl.
    Dean has denied the allegation. He is a former school teacher.
    Jury selection was completed Tuesday. After opening arguments, from the prosecution and the defense, witness testimony started, including that of the victim.
    The trial is scheduled to continue Wednesday in the court of Judge Taryn Heath.
    In July, Heath declared a mistrial after that jury was not able to reach a unanimous decision in the case.
    In 2006, Dean pleaded guilty to having consensual sex with an 18-year-old female student. He was 26 years old at the time and a social studies teacher at R.G. Drage Career Technical Center in Perry Township.
    As part of the plea agreement, Dean agreed to surrender his state teaching certificate and was not sentenced to prison.