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Prosecutors Delay Track Coach's Hearing

June 09, 1998

A preliminary hearing for a Pasadena High School track coach accused of felony child molestation was delayed Monday at the request of prosecutors, who said they are considering whether to file more sex-related charges.

But the attorney for Clyde Ezra Turner said outside court that the delay reflected the inability of Pasadena detectives and the district attorney's office to substantiate the allegations against his client, who was arrested in March.

"They promised the world and now they can't deliver," attorney Anthony Willoughby said.

The prosecutor refused to comment. It was the second delay of a preliminary hearing for Turner. A hearing is now set for June 24.

Turner, who coaches the boys' track team at John Muir High school, has pleaded not guilty to three felony counts of child molestation and one misdemeanor count involving two of his athletes.

Pasadena Police Cmdr. Mary Schander said detectives have submitted a number of other allegations to prosecutors who are reviewing the potential cases.

Authorities are also investigating whether the school district previously knew of similar allegations against Turner. The district has denied any such knowledge.

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