Mistrial in Sex Case Against Mid-Michigan Swim Coach

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) -- A mistrial has been declared in the case against a mid-Michigan science teacher and swim coach facing sexual assault charges involving two male students.

The Lansing State Journal reports (http://on.lsj.com/15tW1jN ) Eaton County Probate Judge Thomas Byerley declared the mistrial Friday due to a failure by prosecutors to disclose evidence.

Jurors were deliberating for a second day when the mistrial was declared.

Jason Algra was facing three first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges and five second-degree criminal sexual conduct charges.

Prosecutor Jeffrey Sauter says he plans to retry the 34-year-old Algra on all of the charges.

Defense lawyer Frank Reynolds says he believes the prosecutors' oversight was an innocent mistake.

Algra is on unpaid administrative leave from Grand Ledge High School.


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