TOOELE Utah (ABC4 Utah) – A former Grantsville football coach plans to fight sex related charges.
Curtis Ware’s attorney claimed Ware is innocent of five counts of sexual battery and four counts of lewdness. The nine charges are all misdemeanors filed by the Grantsville city attorney.
Ware was terminated last month by the Tooele County school district. He was also a part-time teacher at Granstsville High School.
Monday, Ware made his first court appearance in court since charges were filed.
The hearing was an official review of the charges but attorney waived it. Ten minutes later a November 22nd. hearing was set for Ware. Afterwards his attorney professed his innocence.
“He is innocent of these charges,” said Susanne Gustin, Ware’s attorney. “We don’t have an explanation right now. We just got the police reports and we’re going to review those but he claims he’s innocent and we’re going to go to trial on these.”
Originally, Ware was arrested for having sex with his underage alleged victims. But the Tooele County prosecutor said there was no evidence of that.
Instead, the Grantsille city prosecutor charged him with the lesser charges. Sexual battery is a Class A misdemeanor and lewdness is a Class B misdemeanor.
Ware was head football coach at Grantsville High right since 2014. But after he was charged the Tooele School District fired him.
“He’s doing the best he can obviously under very difficult circumstances,” said Gustin. “But he’s hanging in there as well as he can.”