Former Rio Grande High debate coach to be retried on rape charges

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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. 

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