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Bishop Gorman lifts suspension of football coach Kenny Sanchez

Updated June 1, 2017 - 10:43 am

Bishop Gorman has reinstated football coach Kenny Sanchez after his suspension in April stemming from a domestic abuse charge, the school announced today.

Sanchez was found not guilty in court Tuesday. In a release, the school said Sanchez had been “falsely accused.”

“As a result of our meetings, and our internal review, BGHS has lifted the suspension of Mr. Sanchez and he will resume his responsibilities as a Dean of Students and head football coach at Bishop Gorman,” school president John Kilduff said in a release.

A spokesperson for the school told the Review-Journal there will be no further action taken against Sanchez as it considers the matter closed.

Sanchez, 36, was suspended April 7 after he was arrested that week on a warrant. The incident came from Christmas Day, and it involved his former girlfriend and mother of his son Brooke Stewart, who told police Sanchez had abused her.

“Kenny came behind me and pulled my hair out of my head, punched me in the eye,” Stewart said in the police report. “As I was going down, he punched me on the side of my face and put his hands around my neck. He held me on the ground and ran to his car and drove away.”

Stewart then recanted her story a month later, and said she fabricated the charges of abuse.

“Contrary to my report to the police, Kenny simply came over on Christmas to pick up (the couple’s toddler son) and left without any physical altercation,” Stewart wrote in an affidavit released on May 4 by Sanchez’s attorney, Ross Goodman. “He never punched, pushed, scratched or grabbed me on Dec. 25, 2016, Dec. 17, 2016, or any other time.

“It is my desire that no further action is taken against Kenny Sanchez based upon my actions.”

Sanchez appeared in court Tuesday, and Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Amy Chelini said she believed Sanchez was falsely accused by Stewart. She also said she was not convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that Sanchez committed a crime.

“I don’t see any evidence whatsoever of a punch in the face, not even a slap,” the judge said. “This, in my opinion, goes right to ‘hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.’ She was pissed, and she made you pay.”

Initially the school released a statement on April 6 that it was inappropriate for it to comment on an ongoing legal matter. The school suspended him the next day.

Sanchez has been the head coach for two years, in which time the Gaels have gone 30-0, won two state titles and two mythical national championships. They currently are on a 54-game winning streak, which began in 2013.

Before taking the head job, Sanchez was the defensive coordinator from 2009-14. Since he has arrived at the school, the Gaels have become a national power, going 115-5, winning eight state titles and three national titles.

Sanchez is the brother of UNLV football coach Tony Sanchez, who preceded him as Bishop Gorman’s head football coach. Kenny Sanchez was rumored to join his brother on the Rebels’ staff if the NCAA passed legislation to allow a 10th assistant coach.

This as developing story. Check back for updates.

Contact Justin Emerson at jemerson@reviewjournal.com. Follow @J15Emerson on Twitter.

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