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Ark. Coach Faces Sex Charges

August 26, 1999

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ A former high school administrator awaiting retrial on charges of sexually assaulting a cheerleader has been hired as a junior high basketball coach and teacher in another school district.

However, 41-year-old Wally Love took a leave from his new job last week after parents raised questions and complained. He did not return calls seeking comment.

The district superintendent said he knew about the accusation before Love was hired as a coach and special education and health teacher.

``He’ll be a great asset to our school,″ said Jimmy Allen, superintendent of the 725-student Palestine-Wheatley School District. ``I have a daughter and I hope he’s here long enough to coach my daughter.″

Allen has said he didn’t know Love was due back in court Sept. 28 to face the retrial. He said Love’s status will be reviewed after his retrial.

Love was West Memphis High School’s dean of students when he was arrested two years ago and charged with sexual violation of a minor. Last year, a jury deadlocked in favor of conviction.

His lawyer had argued that it was the girl’s word against Love’s and that the prosecution had only unreliable circumstantial evidence.

Love’s accuser, now 19, screamed, cursed and cried when she heard that Love was returning to a school only an hour’s drive away.

``I hate him for what he did to me and wish he would die,″ she said. ``I know that’s mean, but that’s the way I feel.″

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