Browns OL coach Moeller won't be charged
BEREA, Ohio (AP) Browns suspended offensive line coach Andy Moeller will not be charged for an alleged assault after a woman said he tried to strangle her.
City prosecutor Jim Walters said in a statement Wednesday that he could not find proof ”beyond a reasonable doubt” that Moeller had assaulted the woman, who identified herself on a 9-1-1 call as his fiancee and said he had been violent before.
Moeller was suspended by the Browns on Sept. 7, two days following the incident at his home. The team said Moeller’s suspension ”remains indefinite.”
NFL spokesman Brian McCarty said the league is continuing its review of Moeller’s situation under the personal conduct policy. No decisions on discipline have been made by the league. Moeller is expected to meet with league officials next week.
Moeller, who is in his second season with Cleveland, was suspended two games and fined $47,000 in 2011 when he was with Baltimore for a drunken-driving conviction.
Walters provided a detailed account of what led to the incident. He wrote that Moeller and the accuser, identified as Sandy Lucci, attended an Octoberfest where both drank beers. Lucci told Walters that Moeller was involved in a ”road rage” incident with another driver when they left the festival.
Walters said Lucci and Moeller provided differing accounts of what transpired when they returned home.
”She says that in anger, he pushed her with his forearm and she was choked by the action, while he says that she became agitated during the phone call and swept items off a table or counter, and he was attempting to calm her and restrain her from further destructive actions,” Walters said.
”Both say that the other threw trash from the kitchen trash container `all over the place’ during this time.”
Walters found that alcohol ”contributed significantly to the incident.” Walters also said Moeller had two arrests and convictions for DWI, but they are not likely to be admissible in a court case.
Lucci called police after leaving Moeller’s home on Sept. 5. She told the dispatcher that Moeller tried to ”strangle me and beat me up.” Moeller was not arrested, and after initially saying she wanted to file a complaint, Lucci changed her mind and told police she didn’t want to pursue charges.
Moeller played and coached at Michigan, where his father, Gary, was head coach from 1991-94. Moeller spent six seasons with the Ravens before joining Mike Pettine’s staff with the Browns last year.
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