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Jurors convict former northern Minnesota high school coach of rape

Jurors have convicted a former northern Minnesota high school assistant football coach of raping a woman in her apartment.

Ethan R. Hardy, 27, of Deer River, was found guilty by an Itasca County District Court jury of first-, third- and fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with the assault of an acquaintance in September 2022, while Hardy was still a coach for Deer River High School.

Hardy remains jailed without bail ahead of sentencing, which is scheduled for June 17.

Head football coach Brent Schimek said Hardy left the team during the 2022 season, after police began their investigation into the allegations.


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