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Prosecutor Won’t Pursue Charges Against Browns OL Coach Andy Moeller

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By Matt Loede

BEREA, Ohio – The Berea prosecutor has announced that criminal charges will not be filed in the case of involving Browns offensive line coach Andy Moeller.

The incident in question took place back from Labor Day weekend when a woman who at the time claimed to be his fiancé at the time, claimed she had been assaulted by Moeller.

The law director and prosecutor for Berea released a written statement Wednesday morning revealing his decision not to file any criminal

Police say there were conflicting reports as to what occurred and the woman did not exhibit any visible injuries at the time.

She was taken to a Middleburg Heights hotel for the evening.

The statement from Berea City Prosecutor Jim Walters read, “It is quite clear that an incident of a volatile nature took place,” but added “what is less clear is the exact nature of the incident and the actions of the two persons involved.

“She described his general behavior over the years and on this day as mostly pleasant but occasionally and unpredictably turning volatile.”

Moeller was suspended indefinitely after the incident took place. He was suspended for 2 games in 2011 after a DUI and fined $47,000 while with the Ravens.

Here is the remainder of the statement from Walters.

It is clear to me that the consumption of alcohol contributed significantly to the incident. According to the reports of the police officers responding to the call, both had been drinking. While Ms. Lucci does not appear to have any history of problems relating to alcohol, Mr. Moeller has had two arrests and convictions for DWI in his past and while these past cases do not have a direct bearing on this particular incident, and are not likely admissible as a part of the presentation of a case in court, having these kinds of arrests in one’s background often raises a red flag in looking at these kinds of incidents.

My review of this incident leads me to the conclusion that while a prima facie case can be presented, proof to the required degree of “beyond a reasonable doubt” is very much in doubt. For this reason, I have determined that we will not file a criminal charge in this matter.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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