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Trial set for ex-UofA coach accused of assaulting an athlete

Former University of Arizona assistant track coach Craig Carter. (Pima County Sheriff's Office)

Former University of Arizona assistant track coach Craig Carter. (Pima County Sheriff's Office)

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A former University of Arizona assistant track and field coach is scheduled to go on trial this week in a Tucson court.

Craig Carter was arrested in May 2015 on domestic violence charges involving a female student-athlete.

He's accused of choking the woman and threatening her with a box cutter and is charged with aggravated assault and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Jury selection is set for Tuesday in Pima County Superior Court.

Prosecutors say if Carter is convicted on both charges, he could be facing a prison sentence of up to 23 years.

The trial has been rescheduled three times and Carter also rejected a plea deal.

The Arizona Daily Star reports Carter and the woman were in a years-long sexual relationship that only he maintains was consensual.


Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.tucson.com