Ben Boyd, a former Gloucester FB coach, indicted

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Caroline High School football coach Ben Boyd apparently will be allowed to guide his team this season while facing two felony charges of forging and uttering a public document.

Boyd, who coached one season at Gloucester High in 1999, was arraigned in Caroline County Circuit Court Tuesday.

He requested a jury trial, which is scheduled to begin Dec. 8. He has a motions hearing set for Sept. 8.

Boyd, who in 1991 was convicted of misbranding and illegally dispensing anabolic steroids, did not speak at his arraignment.

"I believe my client will be found not guilty and exonerated," said Morgan Griffith, Boyd's attorney.

Caroline Assistant Superintendent Eric Cunningham said it is up to the discretion of the School Board whether to suspend an employee who is facing a criminal charge. The Virginia High School League has no policy on coaches charged with crimes because "coaches are school division employees," VHSL Deputy Director Tom Zimorski said.Cunningham said the School Board didn't discuss suspending Boyd at its Monday meeting.

"The School Board is allowed to suspend, but it has acted not to do so at this time because it's not a crime against children," Cunningham said.

Boyd's contract doesn't officially start until Aug. 1, two days before fall practice begins. But he was directing the team's weight lifting sessions until he was arrested on school grounds July 1.

Boyd, 53, was hired by Caroline May 11, after three years as the head coach at Franklin County High School. In 1999, he guided Gloucester to a 5-5 record, one of only three times in the last 21 years the Dukes did not have a losing season.Caroline Commonwealth's Attorney Tony Spencer has declined to disclose the specifics of Boyd's two recent indictments.

Several members of the search committee who helped hire Boyd told The Free Lance-Star in May they didn't know of the coach's past because it wasn't listed on his application. 

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