Not guilty pleas for soccer coaches
Three adults charged with allegedly furnishing alcohol to minors at a soccer championship celebration party in November have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.
They will appear in court Tuesday, April 2 at 8:30 a.m. for a pre-trial hearing that may determine whether the case will be settled or go to trial.
In other news, Nevada County Superior Court Judge Anders Holmer of Truckee has disqualified himself from presiding if the case goes to trial.
“Judge Holmer disqualified himself because he is acquainted professionally with one of the suspects,” said deputy district attorney Fred Holmes.
Holmer will still preside over the pre-trial hearing, he added.
Varsity soccer coach Michael Holman, 46, assistant coach Eric Paul Jitloff, 21, and parent Mark Ross, 43, were all charged by Nevada County District Attorney Michael W. Ferguson with the misdemeanor counts.
The counts carry a maximum penalty of up to a year in jail and $30,000 in fines.
The charges stem from a party held in mid-November to celebrate both the boys’ and girls’ soccer teams winning the Nevada 3A State Championship.
According to the results of an investigation by the Truckee Police Department, Coach Holman gave assistant coach Jitloff $30 to buy beer for a celebratory party with the knowledge it would be consumed by minors. The party was at the Ross home in Glenshire.
Holman has stepped aside as girls’ soccer coach for one year, until the matter is resolved.
Truckee attorney John Kennelly is representing former coach Holman in the case.
On Tuesday, he said he was unable to divulge information on whether or not he and his client hope to settle the case, or if the charges may go to a trial.
“At the moment, I am not able to comment on the substance of the case,” Kennelly said.
Jitloff is being represented by local attorney Dale Wood and Mark Ross by attorney John Routsis.
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