Track coach’s trial date set

Ato Stephens being escorted from court on 21 Feb. (Photo courtesy: Cayman 27)

Former track and field coach Atop Stephens will face trial after pleading not guilty to two charges of indecent assault on a female and gross indecency. Justice Charles Quinn set a trial date of 5 June.

Stephens, 37, has been remanded in custody until then. The charges against the former Trinidad and Tobago quarter-miler stem from allegations that he acted inappropriately towards a teenage girl he was coaching in 2015.

Before he was charged, the former Olympian left the island but last month he was extradited to the Cayman Islands from Florida, where he was staying.

His defence attorney last week requested that a fourth charge of using an ICT network to abuse/annoy/harass not be put before the court at this time because Stephens was still considering his options.

Stephens, who is married to Cayman sprint queen, Cydonie Mothersill-Stephens, opted to have a judge alone trial.

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