SUBSTITUTE TEACHER FOUND NOT GUILTY ON ALL CHILD MOLESTATION COUNTS

Melanie Nell Roe

Case Conclusion Date:October 11, 2012

Practice Area:Criminal Defense

Outcome:CLEAN SWEEP: ACQUITTALS ACROSS THE BOARD

Description:On October 11, 2012, a jury of 12 acquitted Attorney Roe’s client, a male substitute teacher of all counts of child molestation, thus ending a 3.5 year nightmare for this young man. It all began in 2009 when two first grade girls accused the substitute of inappropriate touching during class. The substitute took the stand and admitted touching 3-4 girls and boys around their shoulders and mid-sections in an effort to give positive encouragement, and nothing more. It was his first day at the school and he had received no training in how to handle the children. Looking for a motive to lie, Attorney Roe scoured the taped interviews of the girls and found that the police failed to pick up on the fact that one of the girls felt the substitute teacher had ignored a fellow student, and friend. This was obviously very significant to the girl as she mentioned it not once, but twice, during the forensic interview. Attorney Roe was able to show how that child approached the ignored child, talked about the substitute, and then together reported him to staff. Attorney Roe expanded on this theory during cross-examination and also argued the government failed to prove the requisite mental state of the defendant. Jury agreed and found the defendant not guilty on everything. Let freedom ring!

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