McCoy no longer faces battery charges

McCoy no longer faces battery charges

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McCoy no longer faces battery charges

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The state attorney’s office will no longer pursue criminal charges against Maclay School baseball coach Todd McCoy, ending a bizarre legal case that began nearly four months ago.

McCoy, 42, was arrested April 9 after the Leon County Sheriff’s Office investigated an alleged shoving incident that also involved Maclay assistant coach Chris Lewis. McCoy’s arrest led to a suspension that prohibited him from coaching the Marauders in the district and regional playoffs.

After an investigation by the state attorney’s office, assistant state attorney Stefan Grow signed a “nolle prosequi” order on Tuesday that meant charges against McCoy will no longer be pursued.

“My general feeling is that I really thought state attorney Willie Meggs did a remarkable job of being fair,” Maclay headmaster Bill Jablon said. “He called me last Thursday and told me what he had and what he was going to do and I’m very proud of him.”

Though the legal case is resolved, Jablon said he will meet with McCoy today and make a decision later this week on whether the coach will return to Maclay for the 2012-13 school year.

“He worked for me for two years,” Jablon said. “He was a teacher in my science dept and he took care of something that had to be taken care of and he did a remarkable job. He was an assistant coach with Willie Brown and he did a remarkable job. Never was there a problem.”

McCoy’s attorney, Tim Jansen, said his client was “relieved” that charges will no longer be pursued.

“We do not believe he should have ever been arrested,” Jansen said. “We’re thankful Willie Meggs did an individual investigation and he accepted our witness statements that verified that my client was not guilty of a battery.

“(McCoy) is relieved,” Jansen added. “He’s disappointed that he missed the playoffs. He’s disappointed he didn’t get to do the camp that he had planned with the kids this summer. But he’s excited about coming back. Maclay had a winning season under his leadership.”

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