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CrimeCouple that accused GT coach Josh Pastner of sexual assault facing criminal fraud charges

04:15  22 may  2019
04:15  22 may  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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Josh Pastner is embroiled in a case involving allegations of blackmail, NCAA rules Pastner was head coach at the University of Memphis, having taken over for John Calipari four years earlier. The couple also supplied various items to Pastner ’s players. Those items included motivational t-shirts

Former Memphis Tigers basketball coach Josh Pastner is facing an allegation of sexual battery by a Now there is a counter claim that accuses Pastner of sexual assault in February 2016, when He called Bell “a career criminal ” who concocted the complaint “as a last-ditch effort to continue an

Couple that accused GT coach Josh Pastner of sexual assault facing criminal fraud charges© Provided by Oath Inc. A couple who accused Josh Pastner of sexual assault in an alleged elaborate blackmail scheme are facing criminal fraud charges. (AP)

A couple who accused Georgia Tech basketball coach Josh Pastner of sexual assault are facing criminal fraud charges in Arizona related to the allegations.

Oro Valley Magistrate Court records obtained by ESPN show that Ron Bell — a former friend of Pastner — and his girlfriend Jennifer Pendley stand accused of engaging “in a plan or scheme ... to allege a false, fraudulent accusation of sexual assault against Josh Pastner with the goal of obtaining an anticipated civil monetary settlement/judgment.”

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- A Tucson-area couple has filed a lawsuit against Georgia Tech basketball coach Josh Pastner , claiming sexual assault and sexual battery by the According to the lawsuit, Pastner told Pendley not to tell anyone because he "knew very powerful people who would make Pendley's life a living hell."

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner has been accused of sexual assault in a lawsuit filed in Arizona, according to Dan Marries of KOLD News 13. Pendley claims that Pastner threatened her not to say anything because he was the Memphis basketball coach and because he and Bell had been friends

The couple accused Pastner of sexually assaulting Pendley in a Houston hotel room in 2016. Pastner denied the allegations and was cleared by a Title IX investigation conducted by the university in 2018.

Pastner accused of attempting to force oral sex

Pastner was the head coach at Memphis at the time of the allegations. The couple accused him of masturbating in front of Pendley and attempting to force her to have oral sex in the hotel room while Bell was in the shower and harassing Pendley during the following year.

Pastner filed a civil lawsuit in 2018 in response to the accusations.

Bell and Pendley countersued, making details of their accusations public.

Lawyer: ‘Malicious lie ... blackmail’

Pastner’s attorney characterized the accusations at the time as a lie and a continued effort to extort Pastner after Bell previously threatened to expose that Pastner participated in NCAA violations pertaining to impermissible benefits.

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Pastner is caught up in a legal mess with a former booster at Georgia Tech. A counterclaim has been filed against Georgia Tech head men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner in Tucson, Ariz., where he’s accused of sexual assault .

Pastner was accused of sexual assault , which an investigation determined was "baseless" in nature. Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner has been cleared in a Title IX investigation commissioned by the university into allegations he sexually assaulted and harassed the girlfriend of a former friend.

“In this era of women courageously coming forward to report valid claims of sexual assault and harassment, we are saddened and outraged that Mr. Bell and Ms. Pendley have concocted a malicious lie to blackmail and harm a family that only showed compassion toward them,” Pastner’s attorney Scott Tompsett said at the time.

According to ESPN, Pendley called police on May 8 accusing Pastner of the sexual assault, the first time she reported the alleged assault to law enforcement more than three years after she claimed it took place.

Accusers facing several fraud charges

Authorities issued an arrest warrant for Pendley last week after she twice failed to appear in court on charges of of facilitation of a fraud scheme practice, facilitation of influencing a witness and facilitation of tampering with a witness, according to records.

Bell was charged in March of solicitation of a fraud scheme practice, solicitation of influencing witness, attempted tampering with a witness, use of an electronic communication to terrify, intimidate, threaten or harass and impersonating a public servant, according to the report.

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Pastner filed a defamation suit against the woman last month. An Arizona woman, Jennifer Pendley, filed a lawsuit on Thursday afternoon accusing Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner of sexual assault in an alleged incident that took place in February 2016 when he was head coach at Memphis.

Thursday, the couple accused Pastner of sexually assaulting Jennifer Pendley, the Since Bell’s initial accusation , he and Pendley have come forward with more details on Pastner ’s alleged “My family and I are victims of fraud and extortion and the extent to which these individuals have gone to

Alleged witness tampering

Records state that both Bell and Pendley allegedly coerced Georgia Tech security guard Chris Meegan into bearing “false witness against Josh Pastner to a false, fraudulent accusation of sexual assault in exchange for an offer of a portion of an anticipated civil monetary settlement/judgment."

Meegan has admitted that he previously lied about witnessing Pastner inappropriately touching Pendley before a Georgia Tech game against Sam Houston State in Atlanta in 2016 at a game that he did not attend, according to ESPN.

Bell served time on felony drug charges

Pastner and Bell know each other from Pastner’s time as a player at Arizona. Bell is a recovering drug addict who served prison time from 2009-13 on felony drug charges.

He told the Memphis Commercial-Appeal in 2016 that he credited Pastner with helping him get clean.

The two had a falling out when Bell accused Pastner of not properly compensating him for helping his basketball programs and failing to call him on his birthday.

Bell then provided CBS Sports with documents showing that he provided $1,275 in impermissible benefits that included shoes, clothes and plane tickets for Georgia Tech players Josh Okogie and Tadric Jackson.

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Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner addresses a question about sexual assault allegation brought against him. Ashley Gilpin, one of the attorneys representing Bell and Pendley, told USA TODAY Sports the couple had previously attempted to sue Pastner in Texas, but that case was not pursued.

Investigation of Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner finds sexual assault claims 'concocted'. An independent investigation of Georgia Tech basketball coach Josh Pastner over allegations of sexual misconduct found the claims to be false and “concocted” as part of an extortion scheme.

The school self-reported the violations and Okogie and Jackson were suspended and ordered to repay the benefits.

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