Matt Patricia 1996 Sexual Assault Charge Court Documents Released

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMay 12, 2018

ALLEN PARK, MI - MAY 10: Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia press conference at the Detroit Lions Training Facility in Allen Park on May 10, 2018 in Allen Park, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Court documents from the dismissed 1996 sexual assault case against Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia show the prosecution's five-person witness list included a former emergency room nurse and the alleged victim's college friend.

On Saturday, Tresa Baldas of the Detroit Free Press provided details from the court documents, which also included medical evidence. The charges against Patricia were dropped after the accuser decided she didn't want to move forward with the case because of stress.

Details from the case against Patricia and friend Greg Dietrich were made public Wednesday in a report from Robert Snell of the Detroit News:

"On the evening of March 15, 1996, the woman told police that two men burst into the upscale hotel room where she was sleeping and took turns violently sexually assaulting her, according to court records and a news account at the time. They were arrested, charged and later indicted by a grand jury on one count of aggravated sexual assault—but they never stood trial and were not convicted."

Patricia was hired by the Lions in February. He spent the previous 14 years in various roles with the New England Patriots, most recently serving as the team's defensive coordinator since 2012.

The 43-year-old New York native told reporters in a press conference Thursday, "I was innocent then and I am innocent now:"

"I'm here to defend my honor and clear my name. Twenty-two years ago, I was falsely accused of something very serious, very serious allegations. There were claims made about me that never happened. I am thankful on one level that the process worked and the case was dismissed. At the same time, I was never given the opportunity to defend myself or allowed to push back with the truth to clear my name."

The Lions released a statement after speaking with their new head coach and his attorney, saying "We believe and have accepted Coach Patricia's explanation and we will continue to support him."

Meanwhile, the NFL told CNN's Jill Martin it will "review the matter."

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