(02/05/13) - Could there be more victims? Tuesday, the sexual assault trial for a former Saginaw Township catholic school athletic director was delayed - again.
In April, 72-year-old Gary Moreland was accused of sexually assaulting a distant relative two decades ago.
Last month, the case was to be settled with a plea agreement, but that didn't happen.
Tuesday, Moreland's trial was set to start, but, once again, a delay.
Seventy-two-year-old Gary Moreland was back in court with a new attorney. It was last month when Moreland was in court, expecting a plea agreement and to be sentenced in the same proceeding. He's charged with first degree sexual conduct against someone under the age of 13, a distant relative.
Judge Janet Boes called the plea agreement and sentencing arrangement highly unusual and the deal was scrapped. Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Barnes also said more potential victims have come forward.
Moreland's new attorney, Matt Reyes, says he hasn't seen any evidence there are other victims.
"They are rumor more than anything else, and I anticipate the investigation is ongoing, and maybe there will be something, but let's face it, we are a year into this," Reyes said.
Moreland was criminally charged last April. Reyes says Moreland was willing to enter into a plea agreement last month to get the criminal allegations behind him.
"He has dedicated his life to public service, he has worked hard, it's unfortunate that these old allegations come up at these times," Reyes said.
Barnes says potential victims, which includes two former St. Thomas Aquinas school students and two former employees of Moreland's clown company, are being interviewed. Reyes says Moreland maintains his innocence.
"Mr. Moreland, throughout the course of this, has denied any wrongdoing whatsoever. He certainly is looking forward to his day in court and getting an opportunity to get his side out, that he has done nothing wrong," Reyes said.
At Tuesday's adjournment, Judge Boes says she wants to get a status on where the criminal case stands in about three weeks.
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