Discovery, witness list and jury instruction deadlines have been set in the sexual battery case against Wilson man William “Mike” Crothers.

Crothers, 53, appeared Jan. 17 in Teton County Circuit Court before Judge James Radda.

His attorney, Tom Fleener, said recent motions speak for themselves: “We have no more argument,” he said in court.

In a motion to dismiss the sexual battery and unlawful contact charges, Fleener wrote that the statutes are unconstitutionally vague and offer “zero guidance” for what is against the law.

Radda said the case file is vague.

“When this case started out it was three citations,” Radda said. “Then there was new information charging sexual battery. Even when that was filed, there were no reports. There has never been a probable cause affidavit filed, so I knew nothing about the alleged facts until you filed your motion, Mr. Fleener, and the state replied. You argue that the statute is unconstitutional as applied. In the state’s response there are allegations as to what happened. So do I decide this case based upon those allegations?”

Fleener said he is concerned with how facts “are going to come out.”

“I will be completely frank,” he said. “Every time I file something in circuit court in Teton County it ends up on the front page of the paper, and I hate it. There is free press and there isn’t much I can do about it, but I have to decide what more I can file in the case and I don’t know who reads the paper here.”

Details of the allegations came from a response filed by Teton County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Clark Allan.

Crothers is accused of forcing himself on two teenage girls during a May 2019 party at his home. Allan wrote that Crothers made inappropriate comments using vulgar slang, forcibly kissed a teen on the lips without her consent and tried to kiss another teenager.

A Feb. 26 trial has been set.

Contact Emily Mieure at 732-7066 or jlove@jhnewsandguide.com.

Johanna Love steers the newsroom as editor. Her time off is occupied by kid, dog, biking, camping and art. She loves to hear from readers with story tips, kudos, criticism and questions.

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