Concord teacher acquitted in molest case

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Updated: 8/15 11:15 am

CONCORD, Calif. (AP) — A jury has acquitted a San Francisco Bay Area elementary school teacher on molestation charges involving three former students and deadlocked on allegations lodged by 11 others.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the judge declared a mistrial Thursday on 95 counts after the jurors said they were hopelessly deadlocked.

Joseph Martin had been charged with more than 100 counts of molestation involving students between 11 and 17 years old. The 46-year-old taught fourth and fifth grade at Woodside Elementary School and had worked in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District in Contra Costa County since 1991.

He had pleaded not guilty. Outside court, Martin's attorney Patrick Clancy told reporters that his client's actions with students had been misconstrued.

Prosecutors will decide later whether to retry Martin on the remaining counts.


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