CLOVIS, N.M. (KRQE) - Attorney General Gary King has joined the appeal of a judge's decision to throw out the rape case against a middle school basketball coach.
Tori Varnell was a seventh grader at Dora Schools near Clovis in 2006 when she says Coach Amber Shaw started a sexual relationship with her.
Shaw's age and position of authority would make that rape.
She was supposed to go on trial this year, but a judge recently threw out the charges because prosecutors never responded to motions filed by the defense.
Prosecutors are asking the state appeals court to reverse the judge and reinstate the charges.
King has filed a brief supporting them.
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