Browns line coach Andy Moeller will not be charged

Tom Withers
Associated Press

Berea, Ohio — Browns suspended offensive line coach Andy Moeller will not be charged for an alleged assault after a woman said he tried to strangle her.

City prosecutor Jim Walters said in a statement Wednesday that he could not find proof “beyond a reasonable doubt” that Moeller had assaulted the women, who identified herself on a 9-1-1 call as his fiancee and said he had been violent before.

The former Michigan player and assistant coach was suspended by the Browns on Sept. 7, two days following the incident at his home. The team said Moeller’s suspension “remains indefinite.”

NFL spokesman Brian McCarty said the league is continuing its review of Moeller’s situation under the personal conduct policy. No decisions on discipline have been made by the league.

Moeller, who is in his second season with Cleveland, was suspended two games and fined $47,000 in 2011 when he was with Baltimore for a drunken-driving conviction.

Walters noted that there were conflicting versions of what happened at Moeller’s home and that alcohol “contributed significantly to the incident.” Walters also said Moeller had two arrests and convictions for DWI, but they are not likely to be admissible in a court case.

The woman, identified by Walters as Sandy Lucci, called police after leaving Moeller’s home on Sept. 5. She told the dispatcher that Moeller tried to “strangle me and beat me up.” Moeller was not arrested, and after initially saying she wanted to file a complaint, Lucci changed her mind and told police she didn’t want to pursue charges.

Moeller played and coached at Michigan, where his father, Gary, was head coach from 1991-94. Moeller spent six seasons with the Ravens before joining Mike Pettine’s staff with the Browns last year.