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Exam delayed for Lake Orion coach charged in assault

‘This is a complicated case,’ her attorney says, asking for more time.

Former Lake Orion High School girls lacrosse coach Reanna Douglas was in court Tuesday, but her attorney asked for more time to prepare for her preliminary examination on one charge of criminal sexual conduct.

Douglas, 21, of Auburn Hills was charged Thursday with CSC III involving a 15-year-old girl she coached.

“This is a complicated case and a complicated set of circumstances,” her attorney, John Freeman, told Judge Julie Nicholson in 52-3 District Court Tuesday morning. He asked for a couple of weeks to explore options with the prosecutor’s office, which did not object to the delay.

The exam was rescheduled to Nov. 6 at 8:30 a.m. Personal bond of $15,000 was continued. Douglas was ordered to have no contact with anyone involved in the case, to submit to random drug and alcohol testing, to stay away from weapons and assaultive behavior and verify her employment status.

According to Undersheriff Mike McCabe, on August 24, detectives learned of an allegation of an inappropriate relationship between Douglas and the 15-year-old. He said that when the family of the victim learned of the incident, they immediately reported it to the Sheriff’s Orion Township substation.

Substation commander Lt. Dan Toth said Douglas was hired through a service called Coach EZ, which matches independent contractor coaches with school districts. She was not a school district employee, and her contract has since been terminated.

School Superintendent Marion Ginopolis said there had been no indication of any problems with Douglas and she and staff were shocked by the allegation.

“She was a volunteer for a couple of years. She came highly recommended. This March the position of JV coach came available,” Ginopolis said. She added that the district has been cooperating with the sheriff’s office and will be sending a letter to parents.

Update

On Nov. 6, Douglas waived her right to a preliminary exam. Her next appearance will be in Oakland County Circuit Court.

Clare Pfeiffer Ramsey October 25, 2012 at 02:08 AM
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