Sexual assault charges filed against a former Model High School basketball coach have been dead docketed after coming up on the November trial calendar in Floyd County Superior Court.

Matthew Douglas Blanton was arrested in November 2008, accused of having consensual sexual contact with a student.

A June 2009 ruling in Chase v. State by the Georgia Supreme Court stated that a lower court erred in the trial of a Richmond County teacher charged with having sex with a student by not considering if the relationship was consensual.

While the charges are effectively dropped, said District Attorney Leigh Patterson, the court dead docketing the case means Blanton’s bail agreement of making no contact with the student remains.

Another coach, Daniel Lowell Brown, was also charged — his charges were dropped earlier.

Both ex-coaches accepted the Floyd County School superintendent’s recommendation for immediate termination and gave up rights to a due process hearing before the school board.

 Rome News Tribune