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Ex-youth coach may call national expert; trial delayed | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota

Published April 19, 2013, 12:00 AM

Ex-youth coach may call national expert; trial delayed

A former Duluth youth basketball coach will be allowed to call a national child psychology expert to testify as he stands trial for allegedly sexually assaulting two preteen girls, but the trial will be delayed until September.

By: Mark Stodghill, Duluth News Tribune

A former Duluth youth basketball coach will be allowed to call a national child psychology expert to testify as he stands trial for allegedly sexually assaulting two preteen girls, but the trial will be delayed until September.

Wendell Anthony Greene, 36, is charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, which allegedly included sexual penetration, and three counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

In a hearing before Judge Mark Munger in State District Court on Tuesday, defense attorney Thomas Skare said he intended to hire psychologist Dr. R. Christopher Barden to testify as an expert witness on behalf of his client. Skare told the court that it was “extremely important” to his case that Barden be allowed to testify and “shed some light on the interview process” involving the two girls.

Munger issued an order on Thursday allowing Barden, of Edina, Minn., to testify as an expert witness at Greene’s trial now scheduled for Sept. 10. It had been scheduled for April 30, but the defendant waived his right to a speedy trial.

Munger also ordered the prosecution to provide him with the two girls’ medical, psychological, personal care attendant records and school records. The judge will review the materials to determine if “they relate to the guilt or innocence of the defendant or negate the culpability of the defendant as to the offense charged” and should be released to him.

Skare told the court Tuesday there is evidence that one of the girls has a problem being truthful and is receiving counseling for that. The defense attorney believes the records are relevant to the girls’ reporting of events and knowledge of sexual terms.

According to his Web page, Barden has been published in the leading journals in child psychology, psychiatry and law and has been interviewed regarding complex scientific and legal issues by CBS’ “60 Minutes,” ABC’s “Nightline,” the BBC, the New York Times and Time magazine, among others.

Greene has been held in the St. Louis County Jail on $75,000 bail since June. He coached and refereed in the Salvation Army Rookie Basketball Association from 2008 through 2012. He said that he also coached seventh-grade girls at Duluth East High School in 2007-08, sixth-grade girls at Hermantown High School in 2009 and Duluth Amateur Youth Basketball Association from 2010 to 2012.

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