Assembly considering covering trial expenses in coach assault case

The CBJ Assembly may be pitching in with funds for the prosecution of a former Juneau teacher accused of assaulting a teenager at an Oregon football camp.

Assemblymember Randy Wanamaker suggested during Monday night’s meeting that they consider covering the travel costs of the victim.

In order to make an informed decision as to what — if anything — we should do, we need the information. I very much apprecriate the fact that people may be contributing. I wasn’t aware of it, but I’m gratified to hear it.”

Curry County District Attorney Everett Dial said he considered dismissing charges against John Wahl since his office does not have the funds for flying the victim down to a potential trial. But then he decided against filing the dismissal motion.

We’ve had offers of donations. So, we’re looking into that. If we can raise enough money to get him down here, (then) we’ll proceed with the case. It’d be the price of airline tickets and then transportation to get him here.”

Dial said during an interview with KTOO on November 20 that he had offers by phone and email, but there was no money in hand yet.

Wahl taught sixth-grade math at Floyd Dryden Middle School and was an assistant coach for the Thunder Mountain High School football team. He allegedly knocked a Juneau student unconscious during an impromptu boxing match at a Gold Beach, Oregon football camp in the summer of 2012.

The CBJ Assembly may get a cost estimate back before their next regular meeting. They may also enter into a closed-door executive session with Juneau Police and Law Department officials about the case.

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