Former volleyball coach’s molestation trial delayed

The trial date for a former high school volleyball coach accused of molesting three children during an 11-year time period has been rescheduled.

A jury trial for Bruce W. Giggy, 61, of 4210 River Road, has been reset for 8:30 a.m. April 10 in Bartholomew Superior Court 1, court records state.

The trial presided over by Judge James Worton had been scheduled to start Jan. 22, with a pre-trial conference and change-of-plea hearing in December.

Giggy was arrested July 12 on five counts of felony child molesting, dating back to incidents between 1999 and 2009. All of the victims were younger than age 14 when the incidents are reported to have occurred, court documents state.

A hearing for a possible change of plea also was rescheduled to 10:15 a.m. March 12, court records state.

A no-contact order has been granted in Bartholomew Superior Court 1 prohibiting the Columbus man from having contact with the victims or witnesses in the case, court records state.

The allegations of child molesting originated with two of the victims providing statements to a Columbus Police Department detective, who also told the detective they believed a third victim had been molested, court documents said.

Giggy is accused of fondling the victims and attempting to have the victims fondle him, court affidavits state.

Giggy was a volleyball coach for the Columbus North High School freshman team from 2005 to 2009 and left that job to become high school varsity volleyball coach at Columbus Christian School, officials from the schools said.

Columbus Christian officials said Giggy ended his coaching affiliation with the school by mutual agreement a year ago, before the volleyball season, when Columbus detectives informed them there was an investigation underway involving Giggy.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.