Apr 11, 2012
Felony Charge Against Wisconsin Basketball Coach Dismissed

WQOW-18, Eau Claire, Wis.

http://www.wqow.com/story/17380003/felony-charged-against-get-basketball-coach-dismissed

A felony charge has been dropped against the 42-year-old Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau seventh grade basketball coach from Wisconsin accused of touching some of his players with a small piece of dry ice.

Brady Olson was charged with one felony count of Physical Abuse of a Child and one misdemeanor count of Disorderly Conduct after a parent complained that Olson burned his daughter with dry ice.

Olson, a science teacher, said he brought the dry ice to basketball practice as something different and fun. He showed the girls how placing dry ice in a container of water causes the water to shoot out, and also how touching small bits of the dry ice can be safe.

Olson touched the ice himself, and even put a small bit on his tongue, before asking the girls one by one if they would like to touch it. He then briefly applied the ice to the arms and legs of the girls who said “yes.”

The Trempealeau County district attorney argued Olson was reckless in bringing the dry ice to practice and allowing the team to touch it. At Tuesday’s preliminary hearing, the state called the two police officers who investigated the incident to testify. The judge ruled that testimony was not enough to merit trial for the physical abuse charge.

He said the state failed to show that there had, in fact, been physical harm to the team member in question because of the dry ice, and that Olson’s behavior had recklessly caused that harm. The state then asked for a continuance, arguing it could bring forth witnesses to satisfy those demands. But the judge ultimately decided against adjournment, and to dismiss the felony charge Tuesday.

“This charge should never have been brought, said Olson’s attorney, James Birnbaum. So we’re very pleased. The justice system works. Hopefully now, we can move along, get the rest of the matters resolved, and life can get back to normal for Brady Olson, Birnbaum added.

Olson is currently on paid administrative leave from his position at the GET School District.

, Charges Dropped Against Coach Accused Of Touching Players With Dry Ice

WQOW-18, Eau Claire, Wis.

http://www.wqow.com/story/17380003/felony-charged-against-get-basketball-coach-dismissed

A felony charge has been dropped against the 42-year-old Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau seventh grade basketball coach from Wisconsin accused of touching some of his players with a small piece of dry ice.

Brady Olson was charged with one felony count of Physical Abuse of a Child and one misdemeanor count of Disorderly Conduct after a parent complained that Olson burned his daughter with dry ice.

Olson, a science teacher, said he brought the dry ice to basketball practice as something different and fun. He showed the girls how placing dry ice in a container of water causes the water to shoot out, and also how touching small bits of the dry ice can be safe.

Olson touched the ice himself, and even put a small bit on his tongue, before asking the girls one by one if they would like to touch it. He then briefly applied the ice to the arms and legs of the girls who said yes.”

The Trempealeau County district attorney argued Olson was reckless in bringing the dry ice to practice and allowing the team to touch it. At Tuesday’s preliminary hearing, the state called the two police officers who investigated the incident to testify. The judge ruled that testimony was not enough to merit trial for the physical abuse charge.

He said the state failed to show that there had, in fact, been physical harm to the team member in question because of the dry ice, and that Olson’s behavior had recklessly caused that harm. The state then asked for a continuance, arguing it could bring forth witnesses to satisfy those demands. But the judge ultimately decided against adjournment, and to dismiss the felony charge Tuesday.

“This charge should never have been brought, said Olson’s attorney, James Birnbaum. So we’re very pleased. The justice system works. Hopefully now, we can move along, get the rest of the matters resolved, and life can get back to normal for Brady Olson, ” Birnbaum added.

Olson is currently on paid administrative leave from his position at the GET School District.






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