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Ex-coach charged for providing alcohol to a minor

A former assistant wrestling coach for Woodbury High School was charged last week with furnishing alcohol to a minor.

The gross misdemeanor charge filed by St. Paul city prosecutors against David Brock Albrecht, 21, stems from a Feb. 29 incident. Albrecht allegedly offered beer to members of the wrestling team during their stay at a downtown hotel for a state tournament.

According to the criminal complaint, Albrecht entered a hotel room at the Crown Plaza Riverfront shared by the wrestlers. Albrecht, who was accompanied by two 17-year-old females, brought a case of beer to the room and offered it to a wrestler and the girls. The females declined. The wrestler accepted the beer but did not drink it, the complaint states.

Albrecht consumed several beers during his stay in the room and offered alcohol to four other wrestlers who entered the room a short time later. The assistant coach was the only one in the room who was of drinking age, the complaint stated.

After drinking several beers over several hours, the assistant coach fell asleep in the room at 3 a.m. and left later that morning.

According to school district officials who conducted their own investigation, the students reported the incident immediately to Woodbury head wrestling coach Josh McLay. The incident was then reported to Woodbury police, who forwarded the investigation onto St. Paul police.

After the incident, school officials said Albrecht would not be returning to the team as a coach.

Last season was Albrecht's first as an assistant coach for the WHS wrestling team. His position was considered part-time and was funded by the wrestling booster program. Albrecht was a former member of the wrestling team and in 2005 finished second in his weight class in the state tournament.

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