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Coach accused of beating 9-year-old

MOORHEAD, Minn. -- The head track and field coach at the Minnesota State University Moorhead will not return to the school after being accused of beating a 9-year-old child with a belt and threatening to kill him with a shotgun.

James L. Williams' employment with the university ended Friday, campus spokesman Doug Hamilton said on Monday.

He declined to give any further details and said a news conference Wednesday will announce a search for a new coach.

Williams, 50, of Moorhead, had been on unpaid leave since earlier this year when charges were filed in Clay County District Court accusing him of assault, malicious punishment of a child and making terroristic threats.

Williams has pleaded not guilty and is free on bond. He appeared in court on Monday, where his attorneys asked Judge Kathleen Weir to release the school and medical records of the alleged victim.

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Williams has said the boy has a history of making unfounded allegations against him.

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