(CBS) – A former varsity high school basketball coach accused of sexually assaulting a young girl was acquitted Thursday of the charges.

Kevin Jones, 33, a coach at Epic Academy Charter High School was accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl inside a vehicle in January 2013.

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He spent six months in jail, and then was under house arrest, all the while maintaining his innocence.

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“I knew from the beginning I was innocent of these charges that came up against me,” Jones tells CBS 2, adding that the ordeal has been tough on his family.

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Jones was fired from his coaching job; there was no immediate word on whether he’ll get that post back.