[UPDATED:] Minh Anh Nguyen, Girls Volleyball Coach No Longer Facing Charges of Exposing Player's Vagina and Breasts
Two previous juries failed to reach unanimous verdicts in the trials of Nguyen, who each time pleaded not guilty to touching the teen in a sexual manner.
Faced with that, prosecutors decided not to pursue a third trial against Nguyen, who had been charged with one count of molesting a child.
The Christian Brothers High School coach had been in Santa Ana to play in the California Interscholastic Federation Division IV state championship match.
Updated Post, November 3, 7:53 a.m.: A mistrial has been declared in the trial against a 36-year-old male Sacramento Christian high school teacher and girls volleyball coach who was accused of touching a 17-year-old girl's forehead with his penis, pushing her sweatpants and underwear down and lifting her bra.
Minh Anh Nguyen, who was charged with one misdemeanor count of child annoyance, could have received a year in jail if convicted.
The events that led to the charges were said to have occurred in a Santa Ana hotel while Sacramento's Christian Brothers High School was in Orange County for a Dec. 5 championship volleyball game at UC Irvine.
Nguyen was giving the volleyball player an athletic massage in her room about 10:20 p.m. Dec. 4 when the incident occurred, according to prosecutors.
But the jury failed to reach a verdict Monday and a mistrial was declared. A previous jury had failed to reach a verdict July 22 and a mistrial was declared in that trial as well.
Nguyen is due in court Nov. 17 for a pretrial hearing on the third effort by the Orange County District Attorney's Office to secure a conviction.
Original Post, February 3, 8:51 a.m.: A 36-year-old male Sacramento Christian high school teacher and girls volleyball coach could get up to a year in the pokey after allegedly exposing a 17-year-old player's vagina and breasts in the midst of what was supposed to be an athletic massage.
The incident involving Minh Anh Nguyen--who faces one misdemeanor count of child annoyance--is said to have occurred in a Santa Ana hotel while Sacramento's Christian Brothers High School was in Orange County for a Dec. 5 championship volleyball game at UC Irvine.
The Orange County District Attorney's office breaks down its case below:
February 2, 2010
SACRAMENTO CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER WHO COACHED VOLLEYBALL CHARGED WITH CHILD ANNOYANCE FOR INAPPROPRIATE SEXUAL CONDUCT WITH 17-YEAR-OLD PLAYER BEFORE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN ORANGE COUNTY
SANTA ANA - A Sacramento Christian high school teacher who coached volleyball has been charged with one misdemeanor count of child annoyance for exposing a 17-year-old female player's vagina and breasts by moving her clothing while massaging her. The team was in Orange County for a high school volleyball championship game. Minh Anh Nguyen, 36, was charged yesterday, Feb. 1. 2010, and faces a maximum sentence of one year in jail if convicted. Nguyen is expected to be arraigned Feb. 25, 2010, at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. The time and Department are to be determined.
At the time of the incident, Nguyen is accused of being a teacher and girls' volleyball coach at Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento. In December 2009, the defendant is accused of traveling to Orange County with the girls' varsity volleyball team for a championship game to be played at the University of California, Irvine on Dec. 5, 2009. The team was staying at the Embassy Suites on Dyer Road in Santa Ana.
At approximately 10:20 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2009, the defendant is accused of going to the hotel room of 17-year-old Jane Doe, a varsity player on the volleyball team, under the pretense of giving her an athletic massage. Nguyen is accused of instructing Jane Doe to lie on the floor and kneeling over the victim with his knees behind her head. He is accused of leaning over the victim to rub her hip flexors and striking her forehead with his penis. The defendant and the victim were both clothed.
As Nguyen kneeled over the victim, he is accused of pushing Jane Doe's sweatpants and underwear down, exposing her vagina. He is accused of then lifting Jane Doe's bra and exposing her breasts. Nguyen did not touch the victim's vagina or breasts.
Deputy District Attorney Karyn Stokke is prosecuting this case.