HASTINGS, Mich. (WOOD) - Defense attorney David Dodge squared off with the Lakewood High School principal Thursday about the school's knowledge regarding Curtis' 'therapy' he provided students.
Principal Brian Williams testified for the prosecution about Curtis' role with the student athletes, saying that he wasn't aware of Curtis massaging or providing physical therapy for athletes.
Williams said Curtis had signed an agreement as a volunteer with the school district and that Curtis was asked not to return until things got 'sorted out' after the criminal sexual conduct allegations came to light.
During cross examination, Dodge clearly took issue with the notion that the principal was unaware as to what Curtis was doing in the training room.
Williams admitted that he saw Curtis and one of the alleged victims in the training room as Curtis wrapped ice on her.
"I don't believe that we knew Chad Curtis was taking people into the training room," Williams said.
"Who's the we?" Dodge inquired.
"The fact of the matter is you never told Chad Curtis when you saw him and (the victim) in the training room with her on the training table and him wrapping ice on her hip -- you never questioned that to Chad Curtis. True?" Dodge asked, raising his voice in the courtroom.
"Yes," said Williams.
"Maybe there's somebody else that didn't know, but you as the principal knew it. Is that right?" asked Dodge.
"Not that day," said Williams.
"And you never said anything to him about it?" asked Dodge.
" No," said Williams.
Williams testified that the alleged victims were mostly normal high school students before the allegations regarding Curtis came to light. But since then, things have changed.
"School's been very hard on them," Williams testified. He said one of the girls transferred out of the district.
Five alleged victims of Curtis have testified against him at the trial so far. Some of them said they exchanged text messages with Curtis.
One admitted to texting Curtis about having "a thing." Curtis rebuffed the idea. The victim said he misunderstood what she meant.
An investigator also testified about her attempts to procure communications between Curtis and the alleged victims from his phone. Many messages had apparently been deleted.
Williams testified that changes have occurred at Lakewood High School since the allegations against Curtis came forward.
The training room door where many of the alleged crimes took place now has a window and the district has done additional training with staff about being alone with students.
Testimony in the case was slated to continue until 5 p.m. Wednesday.
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