Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Former New Bedford teacher cleared of raping student

Interesting that it took five years for this to be resolved. Imagine having something like this hanging over your head for that length of time.

The comments at the link ask the right question:

Where does this man go to get back his reputation?

Teacher exonerated of raping 14 year old

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) -- A former Massachusetts high school teacher has been acquitted of charges that he raped a 14-year-old student.

Michael Holden sighed with relief Tuesday as the New Bedford Superior Court jury foreman announced the verdict clearing him of two counts of forcible rape of a child under 14.

Holden tells The Standard Times of New Bedford that it "feels very good to be exonerated."

Holden, a former drafting technology teacher and volleyball coach at Greater New Bedford Vocational-Technical High School, was accused by the girl in January 2005. He was later fired.

His defense lawyer said the girl had "an ax to grind" because Holden had reprimanded her for being disruptive in class. He said there was no physical evidence in the case.

The girl, now 20, declined comment.