UPDATE: Closing arguments underway in trial of former Huntsville teacher

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L to R: Defense attorney Bruce Gardner with his client, Brett Naff (Photo: Gregg Stone/WHNT News 19)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Closing arguments have begun in the trial of Brett Naff, a former teacher and soccer coach at The Country Day School.

Naff is charged with sexual abuse and sodomy.

The defense called witnesses most of the day Thursday. Our news partners The Huntsville Times/Al.com reports the defense called several witnesses, including Naff’s longtime assistant coach who testified he never saw anything inappropriate. The assistant coach’s daughter also took the stand and said Naff pushed the players to improve and worked them hard, but was never abusive.

The prosecution rested its case Wednesday. Also on Wednesday, Circuit Judge Ruth Ann Hall removed a juror from the courtroom after learning the juror had a non-case related conversation with someone connected to the case.

The accuser in the case was a student at the school, and says Naff committed the abuse between 2005 and 2006. The accuser is now an adult and testified in the trial earlier this week.

Naff, 42, was arrested in September 2012. He was a middle school teacher at The Country Day School, a private school that serves Pre-K through 9th grade students.

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