Trainer testifies in wrestling coach trial

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. -- The state rested its case against Scott Goins Friday. Witnesses said the accuser had to be pushed to come forward with the allegations of sexual abuse.

"One thing that you did not testify to yesterday (Thursday) that was on the video is that you were high on cough medicine," stated Defense Attorney Brent Ratchford.

"When you're in high stress situations you tend to link back to those type crutches," said the accuser.

Ratchford spent a better part of the morning questioning the third accuser about his testimony of the failed suicide attempt of Goins.

"So it didn't affect your recollection?

Accuser: No sir.

You knew what you were doing?

Accuser: Yes sir."

Soon after the state called Ronny Huitt, a trainer in Gastonia. He said one of the accusers told him what happened, but didn't want him to tell anyone.

"I have to report this. It was an odd situation because in the prior years, I know Scott," said Huitt.

In 2011 Huitt reached out to authorities despite the accuser's wishes.

"He said I just don't want to mess any of that (wrestling program and Goins' life) up and I told him I don't have any other choice," said Huitt.

Huitt told the jury before he approached the authorities the accuser told him he would take things into his own hands if he found out other wrestlers were targeted.

"He said if it happens to someone else I will kill Scott myself. He said I'm watching him closely. I said what do you mean? He said well I'm keeping my eyes on him. I got to watch him. I've got to make sure I'm protecting everybody from Scott," said Huitt.

The defense cross examined the third accuser well into the afternoon pointing to previous drug use. After follow up questions the state rested its case against Goins. The trial continues in Gaston County Monday morning.

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