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Local farmer, former coach charged with sexual battery

 
November 26, 2021

Ryan Mai
A 45-year-old Bonners Ferry rancher and former Badger JV and Boundary County Middle School boys basketball coach was charged November 23 with three counts of sexual battery of a minor child 16 or 17 years of age.

Ryan Victor Mai, Boundary County's 2011 Conservation Farmer of the Year, is charged with engaging in sexual contact of a 16-year-old girl at least three times between October 16 and November 11.

Mai resigned from coaching earlier this year on unrelated issues and he is not employed by the school district. Counselors will be available Monday for students needing help coming to terms with the allegations.

A warrant on the three counts was served just after 5 p.m. November 24, with bail set at $500.

If convicted, he faces up to life in prison on each count.

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