New Detroit Lions Coach Matt Patricia was indicted but not tried in a 1996 sex assault, The Detroit News reports Wednesday night. The accuser declined to testify, citing the stress of a trial. She requested that the case be dismissed, the report said. Patricia and the other man were football players at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in upstate New York at the time. The incident is said to have happened in South Padre Island, Texas on March 15, 1996, when Patricia was 21, reports The Detroit News. A woman accused him and his college classmate of raping her in a hotel room. Tonight Lions President Rod Wood says the accuser later recanted her story multiple times. But court records show she decided not to testify because she told prosecutors she couldn't face the pressures or stress of a trial. The News also quotes Patricia's attorney Jeff Wilson who says his client denies all wrongdoing. NFL head coach Matt Patricia was indicted for sex assault in '96 but never prosecuted: report Patricia denies the allegations, saying he was falsely accused. Really odd timing of this story coming out 22 years later. The Lions apparently had no knowledge of this despite doing a standard pre-employment background check.