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Oahu coach acquitted of sexually assaulting teen

Erik Tamura Erik Tamura

HONOLULU (AP) - A jury has acquitted an Oahu high school track coach of repeatedly sexually assaulting a girl on his team.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that jurors found Erik Tamura not guilty Thursday of 3 counts of third-degree sexual assault.

The panel started deliberations Wednesday afternoon.

The Waipahu High School coach was accused of molesting the teenager in 2010 and 2011, as well as once in her home.

If convicted, Tamura could have received up to five years in prison for each charge.

Tamura's defense attorney had argued the girl lied to get revenge on Tamura for no longer coaching her. But prosecutors said she had no reason to lie.

Tamura, who also taught the girl in English class, has been on administrative leave since his February 2012 arrest.

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