A former Rio Grande High School debate coach will be retried on rape charges.
Deputies arrested 36-year-old Luis Chavez in July after Chavez was accused of assaulting a 17-year-old student in the classroom while away at a speech and debate tournament.
In January, a jury found Chavez not guilty of criminal sexual contact, but they could not agree on the rape charge.
Tuesday in court, Chavez’s attorney asked a judge to dismiss the case because there was no valid reason for a retrial.
The state argued new witnesses would testify and contradict what Chavez said in the first trial.
Judge Stan Whitaker scheduled a retrial for August.