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Charges Dismissed Against Former Wi-Hi Coach

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SALISBURY, Md.- Prosecutors announced Monday that they have decided to dismiss the case against a former Wicomico High School football coach accused of inappropriately touching a teenage student.

Wicomico County State's Attorney Matthew Maciarello said that after extensive consultations with the state's victim and chief witness, the state would dismiss the case against 46-year-old David Nettles, of Salisbury. Nettles was accused of inappropriately touching the student with deep tissue massages when the victim was a teenager back in 2000 and 2001. Nettles denied the allegations.

Maciarello said that while the victim continues to maintain the truthfulness of his allegations against Nettles, he has advised the State's Attorney's Office that he does not wish to testify against Nettles in what would have been a third trial. 

Deputy State's Attorney Ella Disharoon said, "I believe that given the fact he has already traveled a great distance to Maryland twice and he has been in the court room for two trials, and that he also has gone through some administrative hearings through the board of education, I think he is just ready to move on."

Nettles, who was Wi-Hi's head football coach for eight seasons, was arrested in February 2011. According to Maciarello, the victim/witness previously testified in two criminal proceedings against Nettles. However, those two trials ended in a mistrial due to a hung jury. 

Maciarello said the state respects the victim's position and entered a nolle prosequi (a dismissal of all charges) Monday morning.

WBOC reached out to Nettles Monday for comment, but after a brief conversation asking WBOC to call him back, Nettles did not return any phone calls or text messages asking for comment or an interview.

Tracey Sahler of the Wicomico County School District said Nettles is no longer an employee of the Wicomico County Board of Education.


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