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Thursday, Jun 22, 2017
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Story of student romance false, says tennis coach's lawyer

TAMPA - The attorney for Plant High's girls tennis coach praised police and prosecutors for concluding there was no criminal offense in the woman's relationship with a player. Police investigated based on a complaint from the parents of the girl. She described a romantic relationship with Coach Mary Lynn Vu that started with phone text messages and led to kissing and massaging at school. Police on Friday released the results of their investigation, saying they found no evidence of criminal activity. The girl, now 16, had reached the age of consent and was a willing participant in the events she alleged, police said. Vu's attorney, Mark J. O'Brien of Tampa, said the girl made up the story.
In a statement on his law firm's website, O'Brien said work by a private investigator "led us to determine, with certainty, that these allegations against Mary were completely false." The law office's review of the case, O'Brien said, "reveals nothing more than a confused teenage girl, typical high school innuendo and gossip, conflicting statements and an overall complete lack of physical evidence." He added, "After a month of suffering through agonizing false allegations, we only hope that Mary will finally be allowed to move on with her life ..." A Hillsborough County school district spokesman said Friday the district will review the police investigation.
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