Former Webster coach, teacher charged with rape appears in court

April 15, 2019 05:22 PM

WEBSTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- News10NBC obtained new details Monday in the case against a former Webster teacher and coach accused of raping a teen younger than 15 years old. 

Investigators say Kali Watkins had sex with the victim in a locker room at Webster Schroeder High School during a home game, between the hours of about 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. 

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The defense is questioning the time frame alleged in the indictment, which is a two-month period from December of 2016 to January of 2017.

"We've got a little bit of hide the ball going on. My client has a lot of times in which he can affirmatively show an alibi. And yet we can't provide that information yet because the dates are so vague. We're talking about a two-month time frame on one specific incident. This isn't a course of conduct alledged, it's one incident. And when you look at the facts here it doesn't make sense," said Joe Getz, defense attorney. 

"Rarely do we ever have a specific date as to when sexual abuse happens. It's because kids don't tell right away. They wait, sometimes years, to tell when it happened and they don't remember the date," said Meredith Vacca, assistant defense attorney. 

Watkins worked for the school district from August 2015 until December of 2017 as a special education teacher and coach for varsity boy's football and junior varsity girl's basketball. 

Watkins next formal hearing will be on May 6. 


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