Former teacher, coach convicted of sex with minor may get new trial

(Photo source: SCDOC)
(Photo source: SCDOC)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A former teacher and coach serving a 10 year sentence for having sex with a 12-year-old student could get a new trial.

On Wednesday, the South Carolina Court of Appeals granted Mark Vail a new trial.

Vail, a former coach and teacher at First Baptist School on meeting street downtown, was arrested in 2004 and convicted in 2005.

His attorneys say during the trial, his lawyer at the time didn't object to hearsay testimony by the victim's family members.

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