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Sex crimes case against former schools worker delayed

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The sex crimes case against a former Madison schools worker is delayed, as his attorney quits over strategy and money.

23-year old Martez Malone was scheduled to enter into a plea bargain agreement Wednesday, although the details of the proposed plea deal have not been released.

But Malone's attorney, Chris Van Wagner told the court he and and Malone have differences on Malone's defense, and said Malone "has failed completely to honor his financial obligations."

Judge John Markson allowed Van Wagner to withdraw from the case. Markson said Malone's eligibility for public defender representation will be checked.

Malone's trial has been delayed twice.

Authorities say Malone served as a dance instructor at schools. They say Malone sexually assaulted a 14-year old girl at a middle school, and a 17-year old girl at a high school.

Markson said while Malone is legally entitled to an attorney, the victims are also entitled to closure, and directed a a new court date be set next month.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A former Madison Schools employee accused of sexually assaulting two teenagers is set to take a plea and be sentenced on Wednesday.

Officials say 23-year-old Martez Malone is charged with two separated sexual assault cases.  One involves a 14-year-old middle schooler.  The other involves a 17-year-old student from James Memorial High School.

Malone was a dance instructor with the Madison School Community Recreation Program. Police say the incidents happened after he led dance team practices.  Malone was let go from his job after the allegations with the 14-year-old surfaced.

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