Former coach pleads innocent in assault case

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A former Moffat County High School girls golf coach pleaded innocent to charges that allege he had sex with a student.

A case against Thomas Jay Dockstader, 45, was scheduled for a five-day, 12-person jury trial starting Sept. 12 at the end of an arr-aignment Wednes-day in Moffat County District Court.

Dockstader faces a Class 3 felony charge of sexual assault of a child by one in a position of trust and a Class 4 felony of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Another felony charge was dismissed during a preliminary hearing last month.

The charges are in connection to incidents that allegedly occurred when the student was 16 and 17. She is now 18.

The prosecution and defense in the case said the far-flung trial was needed to complete their investigations into the allegations.

The man's attorney, Kristopher Hammond, called the investigations "intense."

Hammond said that the defense has been investigating since the allegations arose.

"I think we're going to be continuing that process right up until the end," he said.

District Attorney Bonnie Roesink said prosecutors also could use the stretch of time to build a case. However, the late date may conflict with culling some witnesses to testify, as they are enrolled in college, she said.

According to previous court testimony by police, the defendant had sex with a student nine times and gave her alcohol three times before she turned 18.

However, on cross-examination police said the man twice denied having sexual relations with the teen during a recorded interview.

The man resigned as the girls golf coach in February. He worked as a golf pro at the Yampa Valley Golf Course. The alleged victim graduated last year.

Amy Hatten can be reached at 824-7031 or ahatten@craig-dailypress.com.

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