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Trial of gym coach accused of having sex with underage girl continues


WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - The state will continue making its case Wednesday in the trial of a Wausau area gym coach accused of having sex with a 16-year-old girl.

39-year-old Taj Jefferson of Ringle is on trial in Marathon County on six felony charges of sexual assault while working with children.

Jefferson allegedly had sex several times with a girl that he coached, both at his home and at his business, GymSport Gymnastics in Weston.

It took the entire morning to pick a jury Tuesday.

Attorneys made their opening statements in the afternoon – and then prosecutors put four witnesses on the stand. One was the mother of a former gymnastics student. She said she called authorities after the victim told her daughter that Jefferson had sex with her.

Defense lawyer James Connell will try to convince jurors that the victim’s stories are false and inconsistent. The trial is scheduled to continue through Thursday.