A man who was behind a conspiracy to falsely accuse the Georgia Tech basketball coach of sexual assault has been convicted.
WSBTV reported that Ron Bell, a former friend of coach Josh Pastner, “was convicted on six misdemeanor counts of soliciting or influencing a witness, two counts of evidence tampering, two counts of attempted tampering with a witness, false information and facilitation of fraud, scheme and practice.”
Back in 2018, when Pastner was coaching the Memphis Tigers, Bell’s girlfriend Jennifer Pendley accused him of sexually assaulting her two years earlier. Pendley, according to WSBTV, did not file a police report regarding her allegations.
Also in 2018, Pastner and Bell were embroiled in a public dispute over providing gifts to two Georgia Tech players in violation of NCAA. Each accused the other of supplying the gifts.
“Bell admitted to providing the players with improper benefits and paying to fly them to his home, paying for meals at a restaurant in Atlanta and buying them