Trial Ordered For Volunteer Coach In Sex Case 10-21-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Trial Ordered For Volunteer Coach In Sex Case 10-21-2010

A former Birch Run High School star student athlete was back in court for a preliminary hearing Thursday afternoon.
Logan Gaines was charged with seven counts of criminal sexual conduct, five of them in the third-degree. The 20-year-old graduated from Birch Run in 2009.
School officials said he returned as an unpaid volunteer on the track team this past spring.
On Tuesday, Gaines was bound over for trial on a charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a victim age 13-15 years old.
His preliminary hearing continued on Thursday.
The judge said he went through four CDs full of what's been described as X-rated text messages before making his ruling.
Even though Gaines was just a volunteer at Birch Run, Saginaw County Prosecutor Mike Thomas said there must be a better way to keep minors safe.
"Parents are supposed to send their child to school and not have their child exploited by somebody affiliated with the school," said Thomas. "Unfortunately, we've had too many of these in the last few years. It's not just in Saginaw County; it's all over the state of Michigan."
Supporters of Gaines showed up at the courthouse with signs and T-shirts.
A trial date has not yet been set.

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