Former Wildcat Josh Pastner cleared of sexual assault allegations

Former Wildcat Josh Pastner cleared of sexual assault allegations
Josh Pastner (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Ron Bell. (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)
Ron Bell. (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - An investigation has found the sexual misconduct allegations against former University of Arizona standout Josh Pastner are not credible.

Pastner, the head basketball coach at Georgia Tech, was also an assistant coach at UA before coaching in Memphis.

According to CBS Sports, the Title IX investigation was paid for by Georgia Tech and performed by a Louisiana-based law firm.

An Oro Valley couple filed a lawsuit against Pastner earlier this year, claiming sexual assault and sexual battery.

The suit, which can be read HERE, was filed by Ron Bell and Jennifer Pendley in Pima County on Thursday, Feb. 8. The move came less than a month after Pastner filed a defamation lawsuit against Bell and Pendley.

Bell and Pendley claimed Pastner sexually assaulted Pendley in February 2016 when he was head coach at Memphis.

According to a report from the Louisiana law firm, the allegations were highly likely to have been "concocted by Bell, made in bad faith and asserted only after various other attempts to damage and/or extort Pastner failed."

In March 2018, Bell was arrested on a fugitive warrant.

Pastner and Bell first met more than 10 years ago when Pastner was an assistant coach at UA.

Pastner played at UA from 1996 to 2000 and was a Wildcats assistant from 2002-2008. He was head coach at Memphis from 2009 to 2016 and spent the last two years at Georgia Tech.

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