SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — A child abuse case against a Maryland high school football coach has ended with a hung jury.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that a Wicomico County jury deliberated for more than five hours but couldn’t reach a verdict Thursday in the case of David Nettles.

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Nettles denied allegations that he had inappropriately touched his 29-year-old accuser with deep tissue muscle massages when the man was a teenager.

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His lawyer says Nettles had cooperated with investigators from the start and that it didn’t make sense that his client would have abused a child in a place where other people were present. The lawyer, Thomas Yeager, says Nettles continues to maintain his innocence.

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Nettles says he’s been suspended but not fired from his football coaching job at Wicomico High School.
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