Former University of New Hampshire women’s hockey coach Brian McCloskey faces three charges of simple assault and one charge of criminal threatening after an incident with a player Nov. 30. They are misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.
“There was probable cause to believe that McCloskey’s actions constituted violations of the criminal statutes of the state of New Hampshire,” said Strafford County attorney Thomas Velardi, the prosecutor on the case. “We have determined that it was appropriate to seek criminal charges in regards to his conduct with a student-athlete back in 2013.”
McCloskey, 59, pleaded not guilty to the charges and has been out on bail since June 6. Barring a plea agreement, there will be a jury trial.
The sides will meet again with the judge on Aug. 15 to report on the status of plea negotiations. If no agreement can be reached to resolve the matter, then a trial date will be set.
“There are plea offers that are required to be made,” said Velardi. “Many criminal defendants choose not to go to trial. In this instance, it seems likely that we will have be having a trial.”
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