DA: Insufficient evidence to warrant charges after investigation into cheerleading videos

DENVER -- A Denver prosecutor says no charges will be filed following an investigation into videos showing a high school coach pushing cheerleaders down into splits.

District Attorney Beth McCann said in a statement released Saturday that there was insufficient evidence to warrant charges after a police investigation.

The former coach, Ozell Williams, was dismissed after the videos became public. An East High School principal retired, and an athletic director resigned.

The recordings, showing eight cheerleaders repeatedly being pushed into splits, were broadcast on KUSA-TV in August. In one video, a girl appears to cry out in pain and repeatedly asks the coach to "please stop.''

McCann says the coaching technique "has no place in high school cheerleading coaching'' but that the coach's actions don't constitute a prosecutable crime.