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Coach denies sexual abuse, affiliation with MSU

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CHICAGO (AP) -

A lawyer for a prominent Chicago-area volleyball coach accused of raping six underage girls he trained says his client has never sexually abused anyone and that he isn't affiliated with Michigan State University.

Danielle D'Ambrose says in a statement that the allegations against Rick Butler are "absolutely false."

Three women publicly accused him in 1995 of raping them in the 1980s. A 1995 report from an Illinois state agency found no evidence to support Butler's contention that the women were lying.

Letters obtained by The Associated Press reveal that Michigan State has been under pressure to sever any ties to Butler. The university recruited players he trained and played exhibition games at his suburban Chicago facilities. Other colleges have done the same.

The statement issued Tuesday says Butler has "no affiliation" with the school. Michigan State similarly says Butler isn't affiliated with the university.

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