Teacher's Sex-abuse Trial Ends in Mistrial

Teacher's Sex-abuse Trial Ends in Mistrial

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LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- A jury deadlocked 4-4 in the case of a teacher who was charged with sexually abusing a student 12 years ago.

A mistrial was declared in 1st District Court Wednesday after attorneys said they would not ask jurors to continue deliberating.

Alan Willey, 52, has taught for more than 25 years, most recently at Wilson Elementary. He was charged with aggravated sexual abuse.

A student from his fourth-grade class in 1993-94 said he was inappropriately touched by Willey almost daily. Six other trial witnesses said they were also abused by him. The Logan School District placed him on leave last spring.

Cache County prosecutor Tony Baird plans to seek another trial.

"We're disappointed that the jury could not make a unanimous verdict," defense attorney Wally Bugden said.

Information from: The Herald Journal

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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