Curtis unable to afford attorney in suit

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Pro-baseball player Chad Curtis can no longer afford his attorney to fight allegations of sexually abusing former students, according to court documents.

The documents show he is requesting to fire his current attorneys, Warner Norcross & Judd, and represent himself in a $4 million dollar civil suit by current and former students of Lakewood High School. A judge cited his “inability to pay” as the reason for his request.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Ellen Carmody issued a ruling on Monday denying a request by Warner Norcross & Judd to withdraw from the case. Carmondy cited tight deadlines as the reason for the denied request, according to court documents.

Curtis is serving seven years to 15 years in state prison on a criminal sexual conduct conviction. Curtis was charged with sexually assaulting teen girls in 2012 while working as a volunteer weight-room trainer at a high school.

He continues to maintain his innocence.

Attorneys for the victims say Curtis would further traumatize and intimidate the girls if he was to represent himself and question the girls giving depositions.

The 46-year-old played for the Detroit Tigers and five other teams between 1992 and 2001.

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