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Teacher accused of child sexual abuse seeks to return to former position

Though the heading of this post is certainly attention grabbing, it should also serve as a reminder to all of us that accusations of sex crimes can sometimes serve to affect our judgment as to whether someone is actually guilty or innocent, regardless of the facts behind those accusations.

One man is learning this the hard way. He was both a teacher, and cross country and basketball coach at a middle school in Maryland. He was accused of sexual abuse of a former student after she had left middle school, entered high school and turned 16.

Prosecutors ended up dropping the charges against the 47-year-old teacher because he was not the teenager's primary teacher at the time of the alleged incident and the age of legal consent in the state of Maryland is 16.

In any event, the teacher denies the allegations against him, but because the charges were dropped he was never able to prove his innocence. This certainly seems like a double-edged sword. On the one hand, he must certainly be relieved that he is no longer facing criminal charges for a sex crime. On the other hand, whether he is guilty or innocent has been left for the community to decide.

Now the school system will conduct their own investigation into the matters and decide whether he should even be allowed to have his job back.

Though this story did not take place in Wisconsin, it is an example of just how damaging child sexual abuse allegations can be, and how they can dramatically impact one's life if they are both untrue and unfounded.

Source: Yahoo! Sports, "After technicality ends child sex abuse charges, Maryland teacher and coach wants jobs back," Cameron Smith, March 23, 2012

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