(KCBY NEWS) COQUILLE, Ore. - It's the news Wendi Boutiette and her family have been hoping for.
On Thursday, the Douglas County District Attorney's office filed a motion to dismiss the case in which she was being accused of sexual abuse with a minor.
"It was relief, it was happiness, it was frustration," Boutiette said. "My family and myself have been put through a lot the last nine months."
The charge came about after a young man alleged that the former Coquille High School track coach had sex with him in 2006 when he was just 17.
However, that charge was dismissed after the alleged victim stated he no longer wanted to move forward with the case.
"We actually expected it, hoped for it for quite some time," says Boutiette's attorney, David Terry.
Boutiette's trial was set to begin on Monday.
"I think what this was, was clearly a case of a kid who was bragging to friends," Terry told a news crew. "It got away from him and he stuck with his story and went to the Grand Jury and testified under oath - falsely - and represented something happened which never, ever happened."
Terry supplied station KCBY - in North Bend, Ore. - with the letter written by the alleged victim to Deputy District Attorney Shannon Sullivan advising he no longer wanted to proceed.
In the letter, however, the former student writes: "I solidly stand by what I have stated as the truth as I remember it."
Boutiette said even though the charge has been dropped, she is bothered that the District Attorney didn't come out and say she is innocent, even after she passed two polygraph tests.
"I never did anything wrong and I've passed two poly's, and the DA was aware of both of those," Boutiette told KCBY. "In my opinion the accuser had nothing to back up his story. I just feel like a proper job could have been done and my family and myself could have been saved a lot of sadness that is going to be very hard for me to recover from."
As for moving on with her life, Boutiette says she has to look at new career options.
"I can't go back to coaching," she said. "I don't feel very comfortable going back into the teaching industry, my life has been drastically changed. Those kind of consequences are very tough to deal with because I didn't do anything and I was lied about. I feel like I've done everything I can to prove that I didn't lie."
Right now, she said she is just taking one day at a time.
Tags: coach, life, drastically, changed, sex charges, dismissed, not guilty, sex, abuse, 17-year-old, teen
Location: Coquille, Oregon, United States (load item map)
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