LAPORTE | Separate trial dates have been set for LaPorte High School athletic director Ed Gilliland and former high school girls volleyball coach Mary Beth Lebo on allegations they failed to report suspicions of a sexual relationship between a now former coach and player.
LaPorte Superior Court 3 Judge Jennifer Koethe on Wednesday scheduled the trial for Lebo starting Aug. 12 and the trial for Gilliland to begin Aug. 26.
She also granted the motion by LaPorte County Prosecutor Bob Szilagyi to remove his office from the case and seek an outside prosecutor.
The defense alleged Szilagyi had a conflict of interest due to personal feelings against Lebo and Gilliland.
Szilagyi disputed the claim, but said he asked for his office to be removed to avoid any appearance of impropriety.
A request by the defense to have the trial outside LaPorte County due to pretrial publicity and a motion by prosecutors for the cases to be tried together were not decided.
No hearing date was set to hear those arguments. A hearing date will be set once an outside prosecutor is chosen, according to courtroom officials.