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Ex-soccer coach in Va. not guilty of rapes

Saturday - 7/21/2012, 9:08am  ET

ORANGE, Va. - A former youth soccer coach has been found not guilty in an Orange County courtroom of charges he raped two young girls.

Jurors returned their verdict Friday in the three-day trial of 33-year-old Steven M. Bowers Jr. of Orange.

The charges date back four to five years and involved girls who were ages 11 and 13.

The Free Lance-Star ( http://bit.ly/PrvrLm) of Fredericksburg said Bowers' attorney, Charles Bowman, pointed out discrepancies in the girls' stories during the Circuit Court trial.

Bowers was a soccer coach at Orange County High School. He also was a youth minister in Spotsylvania when he was arrested in March 2011.

He was dismissed from both positions after the girls' accusations.

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Information from: The Free Lance-Star, http://www.fredericksburg.com/


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