Former Williston Basketball Coach Sentenced

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A former Williston teacher and coach accused of inappropriately touching an 18-year-old woman has entered a plea agreement that calls for a 30-day suspended jail sentence.

33-year-old Williston resident Walter Eldridge has entered an Alford plea to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct, which was amended from an original misdemeanor charge of sexual assault.

An Alford plea is one in which a defendant acknowledges there was sufficient evidence for conviction but does not admit guilt.

Eldridge is accused of fondling the clothed woman last December. Authorities won’t say whether she is or was a student.

Eldridge was Williston’s head girls basketball coach and an English teacher. He resigned last month. The district had put him on paid administrative leave in April.

Court records show Eldridge will be on probation for two years.

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