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Closing arguments wrap up in the Gary Goins sex abuse trial

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GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

After three weeks of hearing testimony in the Gary Scott Goins sex abuse trial, on Monday, both Goins' defense attorney and state prosecutors made their closing arguments.

Goins is accused of sexually abusing three of his former wrestlers and is charged with 20 sex crimes against minors.

Defense attorney Brent Ratchford was up first.

He attacked the credibility of the three former wrestlers, who say the former East Gaston High School wrestling coach sexually abused them.

Ratchford tried to convince jurors the accusers' actions don't match their testimony. He says there's no physical proof the accusers were sexually abused.

"Is it proof beyond a reasonable doubt that Scott Goins molested 3 people and no one ever saw it, heard it, witnessed it, talked about it? Absolutely not," said Ratchford.

Ratchford went on to say the accusers didn't tell any loved ones of the alleged sexual abuse, because he says it never happened.

"All of them said, 'my parents wouldn't have believed me'. What parent wouldn't believe their child when they come to them and say I've been touched? Again, actions don't meet the words," he continued.

State prosecutors countered in their closing arguments by saying there doesn't need to be any physical evidence to convict Goins and the three accusers have nothing to achieve by coming forward.

"They've gained nothing from this. Nothing! The fact that he thinks they have this conspiracy theory is ridiculous," said Gaston County Assistant DA Stephanie Hamlin.

Hamlin also explained to jurors why she thinks it took so long for the alleged victims to come forward.

"They knew they were going to have to testify, be scrutinized and everybody know their business, that's why they didn't want to come forward," she continued.

The jury is expected to have a verdict by midweek.

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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