Former coach’s trial to start in September

By From page A8 | May 03, 2013

A hearing Tuesday afternoon set a trial date for the Union Mine coach accused of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.

Deputy district attorney Jamie Verwayen and defense attorney Shannon Baker, who phoned in her portion of the proceedings, agreed to a Sept. 17 start date for the Robert Freeman trial. They confirmed with Judge Daniel B. Proud that it would take an estimated six days.

Proud told Baker that, as the trial had already been continued multiple times, he was “not inclined to do it again.” He told Baker to be ready for a trial on that date.

A readiness and settlement hearing was scheduled for Aug. 12 at 1:30 p.m. Freeman will be required to attend both dates.

Freeman is accused of 13 counts related to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. He coached varsity baseball and taught physical education, business and computer classes at Union Mine High School at the time he was arrested. He also coached football in the past.

Cole Mayer

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