Ex-assistant Xavier coach found not guilty of sex abuse

FILE - In this March 21, 2009, file photo, then-Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown assistant coach Bryce McKey reacts to a play late in the fourth quarter of the Division II girls Ohio state basketball championship game against Wapakoneta, in Columbus, Ohio. University of Maryland assistant women's basketball coach Bryce McKey has been suspended after a player he coached at Xavier University accused him of groping her, Maryland officials said Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. A Kenton County, Kentucky, prosecutor said an attorney for Bryce McKey entered a not-guilty plea for him Friday on a charge of third-degree sexual abuse, a misdemeanor. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) A former college women's basketball coach accused of groping a player has been found not guilty of misdemeanor charges of sexual abuse and unlawful transaction with a minor.

A Kenton County District Court judge found 29-year-old Bryce McKey not guilty in a bench trial Monday in Covington, Kentucky. The former Xavier University assistant coach pleaded not guilty last year. A Xavier player he coached said McKey asked her to come to his Covington home and repeatedly touched her inappropriately.

A message was left for her attorney.

Xavier said McKey wasn't employed there at the time of the alleged events.

McKey had accepted an assistant coach position at the University of Maryland, but resigned after he was charged.

The Associated Press doesn't typically identify people who may have been sexually abused.