FARMINGTON - Steven Dale Green is a free man after a 2nd District judge dismissed 13 first-degree felony charges on Tuesday.
The charges were dismissed without prejudice, clearing the 42-year-old former soccer coach.
The charges, included rape, rape of a child, aggravated sexual abuse of a child and forcible sodomy for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a teenage girl between 2008 and 2012.
The girl testified at the July preliminary hearing they had sex nearly every day.
Following the hearing, Green’s Attorney, Greg Law said that after the preliminary hearing, “We went on the offensive, focusing on the teen’s lack of credibility and found evidence that truly exonerated my client.
“The biggest issue was the girl’s testimony. She clearly did not have an intimate knowledge of my guy’s anatomy,” Law said, adding that the Davis County Attorney’s Office independently verified the truth of the evidence
Law gave credit to Deputy Davis County Attorney Christina Ortega for submitting the motion to dismiss all charges without prejudice, rather than taking the case to trial and having it cost his client thousands of dollars more.
Law said he hopes the case’s resolution will allow Green and his family to have more stability in their lives.
Green lost his job and was unemployed 10 weeks before he got another job. Then the second employer had concerns about keeping Green on, Law said. The employer kept him on with some reservations, Law said.
“Those concerns have been answered,” Law said.
Green and his wife have had some struggles in their marriage since the accusations arose, Law said, although they have stayed together.
Law said the ordeal has been hard on the family, with Green’s wife overhearing comments such as “baby raper’s wife.”
Green was arrested by Bountiful Police in February 2013 after the girl, who was 17 at the time, told a relative of the alleged sexual abuse. The relative contacted the girl’s parents and they contacted police.
Green was a friend of the teen’s family and she was a member of a soccer team he coached.
“I believe justice has been served today in the charge’s dismissal, rather than dragging things out,” Law said.