Update: Prosecutors announced today that the charges against Jay Bloesinger, who was originally arrested for allegedly groping a 14-year-old girl, have been dropped "with prejudice." That means they can not be filed again.
The PD reports on the decision:
"As the case progressed," prosecutor's spokeswoman Maria Russo said after the hearing, "additional information and evidence was obtained that caused this office to reconsider the prosecution of the defendant. It was decided at that point to dismiss the case."
She said the touching had happened "at least 20 times in public places, yet no one saw anything," defense attorney Dan Margolis said in a telephone interview.
"And the school district's investigator never reviewed any of the surveillance video from the 137 cameras at the school."
The 14-year-old girl stands by her accusations. Surveillance tape showed that she was with a friend who delivered the anonymous note to the principal.
Jay Bloesinger, a 40-year-old teacher at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, was arrested by Cleveland police for allegedly feeling up a 14-year-old female student.
The tip originally came to the principal, who received an anonymous note from a fellow student that the girl was the inappropriate object of Bloesinger's affections. When the principal and cops spoke to the alleged victim, she admitted that Bloesinger had touched her butt, her breast, hugged her, and asked, "Do you know how beautiful you are?" All no-no's if they happened.
According to NewsNet5, Bloesinger's on administrative leave now and faces charges of gross sexual imposition.