Chester High coach cleared of assault charges

Posted: May 24, 2014

A judge has dismissed domestic-violence charges against Larry Yarbray, Chester High School boys' basketball coach, after the woman he is accused of assaulting failed to appear in court to testify.

According to police, Yarbray was arrested last month after he allegedly hit his girlfriend and her son at her home in Brookhaven Borough, Delaware County.

Yarbray has maintained his innocence, said his attorney, William Davis.

When neither the woman nor her son appeared in court Thursday, a Magisterial District Court judge dismissed all the charges, a spokeswoman for the Delaware County District Attorney's Office said. Davis said the woman also failed to show at an earlier hearing.

Davis said Yarbray was relieved that he now could move on with his life.

Yarbray has led Chester to two Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state championships since he became head coach in 2008. He grew up in Chester, played basketball at the high school in the 1980s, and played college basketball at Coppin State University. He became the first member of his family to graduate from college.

"His reputation in the community is impeccable," Davis said, "and it's been very traumatic for him to have to defend himself against false allegations."


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