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Prosecutors drop sexual misconduct charges against East Chicago teacher

June 4, 2018

Charges were dropped against a former East Chicago junior high school teacher accused of sexual misconduct with two students.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that prosecutors filed a motion in May to dismiss the case against Paul E. Chandler Jr. The 40-year-old math and gym teacher at Block Junior High School was charged in October 2016 with felony child molesting and sexual misconduct.

A 13-year-old girl told police that Chandler touched her arm and thigh in a way that made her uncomfortable. Court records state that a 14-year-old girl said Chandler sat behind her in math class, touched her inappropriately with his knee, pulled her hair and said: “You know I’m fine.”

Prosecutors say they were unable to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

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