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Former Athens coach faces new charges after trial


The former Athens High School coach, who went to trial on sexual assault allegations, is now facing new charges.

Prosecutors say Rory McKellips, 56, lied on the stand during his own trial. People may find some of the details of this story disturbing.

Just three weeks ago, McKellips was found not guilty of sexual assault, but he was found guilty of two other charges, including using a computer to facilitate a sex crime.

Now, prosecutors say McKellips and his wife lied on the stand, and they're both facing perjury charges.

This all dates back to some very intimate details of McKellips, that took place at trial last month. The teen girl who accused McKellips of sexual assault testified he did not groom his private area, but both Rory McKellips and his wife told the jury he did.

After the trial, police interviewed people who worked with McKellips at a mill. Those co-workers told officials they believed McKellips lied on the stand because they say they showered with him multiple times at work. Prosecutors say that was an important detail in the trial.

"In a case where credibility was a huge part of the case, especially in regard to the victim, the state is putting forth that this is a material fact," said Marathon County Deputy District Attorney Theresa Wetzsteon.

In court today, McKellips told the judge he did not lie on the stand. We tried to reach out to McKellips attorney, but our calls were not returned.

McKellips' bond was revoked after the trial and he is still in the Marathon County Jail. His wife did not appear in court today on her charges, and the judge ordered for an arrest warrant to be issued.

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