Charges Dropped Against Coach Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

SANTA ANA (CBS) — Charges were dropped Monday against a Sacramento high school girls’ volleyball coach accused of improperly touching one of his player’s, according to court records.

The dismissal of the case against Minh Anh Nguyen, 36, on a misdemeanor child annoyance charge came after two juries failed to reach verdicts this year.

He had been accused of properly touching one of his player’s while giving a massage in a Santa Ana hotel room.

A jury failed to reach a verdict and a mistrial was declared July 22 in Nguyen’s first trial. Another jury was unable to reach a verdict in a second trial and a mistrial was declared Nov. 1.

Nguyen, who was allegedly giving the player an athletic massage in her room about 10:20 p.m. Dec. 4, 2009, was accused of touching the girl’s forehead with his penis, pushing her sweatpants and underwear down and lifting her bra.

Prosecutors said he did not touch the teenager’s genitals.

Nguyen, who was a teacher and girls’ volleyball coach at Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, was with the team Dec. 4-5, 2009 while it stayed at the Embassy Suites in Santa Ana to play in the California Interscholastic Federation Division IV state championship match at UC Irvine, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

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