Former Colfax coach pleads not guilty to sexual abuse charges

Trial scheduled to begin in October
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ROSEVILLE ? Nearly five months after his initial arrest on felony charges of alleged sexual abuse, a trial date has been set for former Colfax snowboard coach and teacher Belden ?Jack? Morgan. Morgan, 70, of Auburn, entered a plea of not guilty on all counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child, with trial assignment scheduled for Oct. 19. If convicted, Morgan could face up to 15 years in prison. On Feb. 9 Morgan was arrested by Placer County Sheriff?s deputies from his Christian Valley home. A search warrant was filed on Feb. 11. Investigators seized several video and digital cameras, memory cards and other data storage devices were collected by detectives from Morgan?s home, along with computers, laptops, photographs and VHS tapes. It should be noted that Morgan was a computer science teacher at Colfax High School from 1998-2004. The search warrant and affidavit contained transcripts of two recorded phone conversations between Morgan and an alleged victim, along with statements from victims and family members describing the alleged abuse. He last taught at the high school in 2004 and retired from his coaching position at Colfax High School in March of 2011, but remained active as Central II District Coordinator for the California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation. Morgan?s lawyer Matthew Bishop declined to comment for the story. Morgan remains in custody at the Placer County Jail with bail set at $1 million. A trial confirming conference is scheduled for Aug. 22 at 8:30 a.m. Trial assignment is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Oct.19 in Department 33 at Placer County Superior Court in Roseville. ~Sara Seyydin