HASTINGS, Mich. (WOOD) - The prosecution levying charges of criminal sexual conduct against former Major League Baseball star Chad Curtis rested its case as court recessed for the day Wednesday evening.
The prosecution called several witnesses to the stand for three days of testimony. Most of the witnesses were young women alleging Chad Curtis touched them inappropriately.
Curtis was charged with six counts of criminal sexual conduct last year after victims came forward with their allegations. Many of the alleged incidents of inappropriate touching happened at Lakewood High School, where Curtis was volunteering and had been tapped to become football coach.
If the jury that's nearly split men and women thinks they've heard from the bulk of the witnesses in the case, they're wrong.
Chad Curtis' defense team told 24 Hour News 8 that it plans to call some 30 witnesses to the stand to fight the prosecutions claims against Curtis.
David Dodge -- who boasts four decades of criminal defense experience -- is heading up Curtis' defense. Another attorney and a legal assistant for Dodge have also been seated at the defense table with Curtis throughout the trial.
It is yet to be seen whether or not the defense will call Chad Curtis to testify on his own behalf. Tuesday, Dodge told 24 Hour News 8 the decision was an "open issue", declining to comment further.
Wednesday, the jury got to hear Chad Curtis' side of the story as explained by the lead detective in the case who said he interviewed Curtis at the Barry County Sheriff's Department after the allegations surfaced.
Lt. Jay Olejniczak said Curtis had explanations when faced with the many allegations brought forth by the alleged victims. He admitted to performing therapy on some of the alleged victims, but denied the most serious claims.
In regard to the most egregious allegation -- that he touched one of the alleged victim's genitals beneath her clothing -- Curtis admitted that he may have inadvertently gone too far up her thigh. He said, however, that he did not touch her private areas beneath her clothing as she alleged.
"[Curtis] said he was hurt and confused and shocked by everything," Olejniczak said referencing his interview with Curtis.
Other highlights from Wednesday's testimony included a heated exchange between Dodge and Brian Williams, the principal at Lakewood High School.
Dodge took the administrator to task for claiming that he didn't know Curtis was providing therapy to students in the training room.
One of the alleged victims also admitted to having a crush on Curtis at one time. She denied wanting a romantic relationship with Curtis but admitted to sending him a text message indicating that she would be interested in having "a thing" with Curtis -- a notion Curtis rebuffed.
"I don't want my kids to see me in jail," the alleged victim said, describing Curtis' response to her message.
The defense starts presenting its case Thursday morning. The case is expected to go to the jury later this week or early next week.
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