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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge R. Scott Krichbaum is deciding whether or not to allow a re-trial for a former Boardman gymnastics coach and chiropractor serving a 43 year sentence on three counts of rape, one count of corruption of a minor and two counts of gross sexual imposition.

Gregory Dew was convicted in 2009 for sex crimes committed against two teenage female gymnastics students between 1990 and 1992, and two adult female patients when he was a chiropractor.

Dew and his attorney, Michael McGee appeared before Judge Krichbaum Monday, claiming that the prosecutor withheld evidence in the  original trial.  McGee's motion also claims that the instructions to the jury were prejudicial.

Krichbaum and  Dew's defense attorney exchanged words over an allegation that the jury was purposely packed with relatives and friends of members of law enforcement. Judge Krichbaum cautioned the lawyer against making such allegations based solely on a suspicion or statistics.

The judge is expected to issue a ruling soon on the request for a new trial.

Meanwhile, Dew has also asked the Ohio Supreme Court for leave to appeal, claiming he has discovered evidence of prosecutorial misconduct and irregularities in the proceedings that led to his conviction.

According to court documents, Dew claims that the DVD of his interrogation played for the jury was improperly manipulated. The court filing also alleges jury pool tampering. Dew is challenging a Court of Appeals ruling that Dew failed to raise his concerns in his direct appeal. According to Dew's filing with the Supreme Court, his conviction was secured by actions that constitute a miscarriage of justice.

Dew seeks to unseal transcripts of grand jury proceedings that led to his indictment.

The Ohio State Chiropractic Board revoked Dew's license to practice following his conviction in 2008.

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