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Racine’s father faces charge

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PONTIAC, Mich. — The father of Olympic bobsledder Jean Racine faces trial on charges of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and child sexually abusive activity.

If convicted as charged, David William Racine, 51, of Oakland County's Waterford Township, could face up to 20 years in prison.

The case against him also led to a neglect petition that resulted in him losing custody of his youngest daughter. She currently is living with another sister, The Oakland Press reported Wednesday.

The daughter isn't involved in the criminal case.

His trial is to start Feb. 12, a week before the women's bobsled event begins at Salt Lake City.

Jean Racine, among the medal favorites when women's bobsled makes its Olympic debut next month, issued a statement late Wednesday.

"This has been a troubling time for my entire family," she said. "The death of my mother (in May) affected everyone in my family profoundly. Obviously this is a very difficult time for us. My family has encouraged me to focus on the next three weeks, and this is what I am trying to do. I am hopeful that the media can be respectful of my desire to keep my family's personal lives private."

Defense lawyer Joseph McMillen is seeking to delay the trial or have the charges thrown out. He also asked for his client to receive an evaluation on his competency to stand trial, saying David Racine was insane at the time of the alleged offense on Aug. 31.

McMillen also said Racine is worried that the trial could affect his daughter's Olympic performance.

"Any negative publicity could certainly tend to affect what she is thinking and could detract from her performance," McMillen said.