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Rape trial delayed for former Webster girls basketball coach

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Kali Watkins is a former coach and special education teacher in the Webster Central School District. (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - The trial of a former teacher and high school coach for the Webster Central School District over allegations of rape involving a high school student has been adjourned.

Kali Watkins was the varsity girls' basketball coach and a special education teacher for Webster Schroeder High School. He is accused of raping a 14-year-old girl sometime between December 2016 and January 2017.

Watkins was indicted on charges of first and second-degree rape. A jury of 12 people and two alternates was seated Tuesday afternoon. Opening arguments were scheduled to begin Wednesday, but Judge Judith Sinclair said the trial had been adjourned and no date to resume had been set yet.

Watkins was terminated from the district in December 2017, approximately one month after district officials said they were made aware of concerning conduct with students and staff. Police say Watkins confirmed that he had created a list of everyone with whom he had sex, which also had a "rating system" of each person. Prosecutors would not say whether a list was found.

Investigators said Watkins gave them everything because he wanted to be "transparent" with them.

13WHAM News will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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