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Recently Dismissed Assistant Coach for Portland Pirates Faces Sex Charges
03/23/2014 4:30 PM ET  

A former assistant coach for the Portland Pirates AHL hockey team has been charged with soliciting sex from a 13-year-old female fan.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Thirty-seven-year-old Mike Minard of Falmouth has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of solicitation of a child to commit a prohibited act and sexual misconduct with a child younger than 14. His lawyer said Minard has asked for a jury trial.

The Portland Press Herald reported that Minard was fired last month by the Pirates' National Hockey League affiliate, the Phoenix Coyotes, when it learned of the investigation.

(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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