According to reports, former Detroit Lions assistant strength coach and current strength and conditioning coach for the Los Angeles Rams, Theodore Rath, has pleaded not guilty to three counts of misdemeanor sexual battery.
Rath was charged with allegedly touching a woman against her will in Moorpark, Califonia.
He was arrested and then released on bail on January 15, which was just days before the Super Bowl. Rath did not travel with the Rams or attend the game.
From USA Today:
Along with his responsibilities in strength training, Rath gained minor fame last season as the so-called “get-back coach” assigned to make sure Rams head coach Sean McVay doesn’t step too far onto the field while coaching on the sideline.
In a team statement issued Friday, the Rams said they “are aware of the charges filed against Ted Rath. We take these allegations very seriously. Once the charges were filed, we decided Ted would take a leave of absence from the team as this matter works its way through the justice system.”
Rath’s attorney, Vicki Podberesky, pleaded not guilty on his behalf Friday morning. She says they will go to trial if necessary to prove Rath is not guilty.
“Mr. Rath takes these allegations very seriously,” Podberesky said in a statement issued to The Associated Press. “Ted is a man who has led a law-abiding life. He is a husband, a father and a dedicated family man. He has the utmost respect for women and would never intentionally act in a manner that was demeaning or otherwise inappropriate. We intend to defend this matter to the fullest extent possible in a court of law, and we believe that after there has been a full vetting of the facts of this case Mr. Rath will be shown to be not guilty of these charges.”