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.