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Mother of accused Johnston Co. wrestling coach speaks out

By Steve Sbraccia

The mother of Coach James McNamara says she's not surprised a judge decided Thursday there was enough evidence against him to move forward in the case.

"We knew this was an opportunity for the D.A. to present evidence and my son could not defend himself because that’s not the purpose of this kind of hearing," said Diane McNamara.

James McNamara, who taught at Corinth Holders High, was charged with taking indecent liberties with a student after an incident that was reported in early March.

Judge Andy Corbett ruled there was enough evidence in the case to proceed.

Diane McNamara explained the reason she and others believe her son is innocent. "He could have just walked away from all this; just closed this chapter of his life...why would he have put himself through this if he had done [it]...he had the opportunity to walk away all along and say forget it and he didn't do that."

Dozens of students, athletes, friends and family members continue to stand by McNamara as he goes through trial.

In an exclusive interview, McNamara's mother spoke on her son's behalf, explaining that those that stood by him will continue to do so.

"His wrestlers and their parents are just as solid, if not more, than they were," said Diane McNamara.

The girl who has made the allegations against McNamara testified Thursday that the incident happened March 1, when McNamara gave her a ride home from Corinth Holders.

The student testified that he asked her to dance and put his hands on her sides. She started chugging vodka to calm her nerves and then they touched each others' private parts.

"He seduced me," she said.

She added, "He said, 'OK, remember, this never happened."

She testified that he said he feared he would lose his job, and she said she promised not to discuss it.

McNamara's attorney questioned her ethics and honesty on cross-examination, referring to Facebook posts where she writes about partying and drinking.

Many students, parents and friends have been standing behind the teacher, claiming that he's innocent.

Thursday's hearing comes just days before McNamara's wedding.


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