IOWA CITY (AP) - Joe Williams, a former Olympic wrestler and assistant wrestling coach at the University of Iowa, was acquitted by a jury Wednesday of one count of indecent exposure.
Williams, 31, a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic team and three-time NCAA champion at Iowa, was accused of exposing himself to the girlfriend of former Hawkeye wrestler Jason D'Agata, in 2003.
Jurors began deliberating Tuesday afternoon, but told District Court Judge Stephen Gerard in a note Wednesday morning they were unable to reach a unanimous decision.
Gerard said it was too soon to declare a hung jury and ordered the eight men and four women to return to work. The jury reached a not guilty verdict 90 minutes later.
D'Agata's girlfriend broke down in tears as the verdict was read.
The charges stemmed from a November 2003 incident that occurred at D'Agata's apartment at a time Williams was an assistant coach for the Hawkeyes.
He was accused by prosecutors of exposing himself in an attempt to have a sexual encounter with the woman, and then attempting to cover it up by unexpectedly leaving the coaching staff shortly after school administrators were notified of the allegations.
If convicted, Williams would have faced up to one year in jail, fines and required placement on the state's sex offender registry.
Defense attorneys said Williams accidentally exposed himself during a massage provided by D'Agata's girlfriend and is the victim of a conspiracy hatched by his accusers.
The defense argued that the accusers tried to use the incident as a way to leverage D'Agata into the starting lineup and to collect a financial settlement in civil actions against Williams and the university.