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Report: Lions coach Matt Patricia's sexual assault indictment took place in Texas

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead (13) eludes defenders on a first half kick off return against the Detroit Lions in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, December 26, 2016.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead (13) eludes defenders on a first half kick off return against the Detroit Lions in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, December 26, 2016. Special to the Star-Telegram

Matt Patricia got into some trouble when he visited South Padre Island in Texas a little more than 22 years ago.

The first-year head coach of the Detroit Lions was indicted by a grand jury on one count of aggravated sexual assault in 1996. At the time, he was a 21-year-old football player at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in upstate New York.

The in-depth story was reported by the Detroit News.

Here's an excerpt from the report:

On the evening of March 15, 1996, the woman told police that two men burst into the upscale hotel room where she was sleeping and took turns violently sexually assaulting her, according to court records and a news account at the time. They were arrested, charged and later indicted by a grand jury on one count of aggravated sexual assault — but they never stood trial and were not convicted.

The report also stated “the police chief, lieutenant, grand jury forewoman, prosecutor, assistant prosecutor (and) defense attorneys” all could not recall the case.

According to the Detroit News, the victim did not respond to multiple requests for comment. According to court records, she ultimately did not to testify in the case.

Patricia's lawyer called the accusation a "fabrication."

You can read the Detroit Lions' response to the story here.

The Cowboys will host the Lions on Sunday, Sept. 30.

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