A judge in western Wisconsin has dropped a felony child abuse charge against a seventh-grade girls’ basketball coach who allegedly burned his players with dry ice.
A misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct remains in place against 42-year-old Brady Olson of Ettrick – and he plans to challenge it. Olson coaches at Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau Middle School, and he teaches chemistry at the high school. Authorities said he used dry ice to blow the cover off a garbage can, as water shot from a bottle during his team’s practice on January 20th. Prosecutors said Olson then put a piece of dry ice in his mouth – and he asked the players if he could touch their knees and thighs with the ice. Investigators said some of the girls had burn marks for several days. Olson told police he wanted to make things fun for the girls – and he hoped the incident would improve his relationship with the team.