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Man says he told Montana school officials about abuse

March 22, 2019

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Newly filed court documents include a former Miles City student’s testimony that he told coaches at least a dozen times that an ex-athletic trainer had inappropriately touched him.

The documents filed Friday contradicts Custer County District High School attorneys who have repeatedly said school officials did not know of any alleged abuse by ex-trainer James “Doc” Jensen between the 1970s and late 1990s.

More than 30 former students are suing Jensen and the school district over the alleged abuse. Jensen recently pleaded guilty to a related federal charge of coercion and enticement.

The man who testified in a recent deposition that he told his coaches about the abuse said their response to him was to “suck it up.”

School district attorney Jeana Lervick told the Billings Gazette the district has evidence to dispute the man’s testimony.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com