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Cross examination of Gary Goins begins in sex abuse trial


On Tuesday, jurors heard state prosecutors cross examine the ex- Gaston County High School wrestling coach at the center of a sexual abuse trial.

Gary Scott Goins is charged with 22 sex crimes against minors.

Questioning of Goins continued Tuesday with the defense revisiting the night Goins says he was attacked by one of his accusers and left for dead in Poston Park in April of last year.

Goins says he doesn't remember anything from the night, but told jurors he did not give permission to one of his accuser's to assault him.

"Did you give him any authority or any consent in any way for him to assault you in any way," asked Defense Attorney Brent Ratchford.

"No," said Goins.

Earlier in the trial, the accuser testified it was a botched assisted suicide attempt and Goins asked for his help.

Later the defense addressed an email Goins sent to his wrestling team and parents back in 2000.

State prosecutors tried to use the email as proof Goins acted inappropriately when he allegedly shaved a wrestler's private area after the wrestler called Goins by his first name during a road trip.

Goins denied the incident occurred.

"Did the shaving event ever even happen," asked Ratchford.

"No sir," replied Goins.

During cross examination, Goins admitted he choked out wresters although he didn't use it as a means of fear and never told his wrestlers to choke each other out.

"I never ordered anyone to choke anybody out, but I have answered in the affirmative, yes I have choked wrestlers out myself," said Goins.

Goins was also very combative during cross examination, so much so, Judge Jesse Caldwell warned him not to argue with state prosecutors.

"Sir don't argue with attorney please. Just answer the question," said Judge Caldwell.

Judge Caldwell expects for the defense to wrap up their evidence presentation Wednesday, although jurors probably won't hear closing arguments until Monday.

Goins' charges include indecent liberties with a child, indecent liberties with a student and statutory rape/sex offense of a child six years old or older.

On June 6, 2013, he was also charged with two counts of crimes against nature.

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