Former Missouri high school coach accused of abusing student

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) – A former southwest Missouri high school basketball coach faces charges accusing him of sexually abusing a student more than two decades ago.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that 67-year-old Ronnie W. White is charged in Greene County court with three counts of deviate sexual assault stemming from alleged incidents involving a student at Parkview High School in 1991.

White’s lawyer, Dee Wampler, says he anticipates White, who has been released on bond, will plead not guilty.

Wampler also says he’s investigating whether statute of limitations regulations can be applied in the case.

Parkview records show that White served as the team’s coach for nine seasons, from 1986 to 1995.

Springfield Public Schools spokeswoman Teresa Bledsoe says the district is cooperating with the police investigation into the allegations.
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Information from: Springfield News-Leader

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