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Ex-North County football coach acquitted on assault, sex charges

John McNamara
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A former head football coach at North County High School has been acquitted on charges of assault and a fourth-degree sex offense involving a student.

A female student at the school told police the Marvin Leon Brown Jr., 37, inappropriately touched her in February 2017. She also said Brown sent text messages to her during and after school hours.

Brown was arrested and charged with the two misdemeanors in June. After a two-day trial in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, he was found not guilty.

“There was no real evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that these events occurred,” said Jon Wyndal Gordon, Brown’s attorney. “He maintained his innocence throughout. At the end of the day, the justice system was able to filter out all the immaterial evidence in the case and go with the facts.”

Gordon called the verdict “reasonable and appropriate.”

Brown could not be reached for comment.

It was unclear whether Brown was interested in returning to coaching in Anne Arundel County, Gordon said.

It was also unclear if he would be reinstated by the Anne Arundel County Public Schools if he were to apply.

“While the outcome of any criminal proceeding can play a part in the future employment of a person, it is not the single factor in any decision because standards in a criminal proceeding are different than those established by Anne Arundel County Public Schools for employment,” schools spokesman Bob Mosier said.

“We would consider all relevant factors in any case, including those derived from any investigation we conducted, when making any decisions on an employee’s job status.”

Brown, who lives in Upper Marlboro with his wife and four children, was a behavioral assistant at North County High in addition to his duties as football coach.

The school system learned of the allegations against Brown on Feb. 17, 2017, and he was placed on administrative leave that day. Brown was assigned to work at one of the school system garages in Pasadena and was barred school grounds.

At that time, Brown also was told the school his contract as varsity football coach would not be renewed.

“This (case) forced him to lose his reputation and his job and everything that goes with that,” Gordon said. “I don’t know that he’s interested in returning under these circumstances … It’s very sad that he had to go through this process.”

Brown was hired as the Knights’ head coach during the summer of 2015, following the departure of Albert Jones, who took over as the head coach at Meade.

At the time, Brown, who played high school football at DeMatha in Prince George’s County, had moved back to the area after serving as the defensive coordinator for Center High School in Kansas City, Mo.

Brown played college football at the University of Alabama and saw action in 31 of 33 games during his three years in Tuscaloosa.

He signed with the Baltimore Ravens as a rookie free agent in 2002. He played in the National Football League for the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs. He also played in the Arena Football League for three years.

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