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Judge Dismisses Charges After Former Student Fails to Appear

Judge Dismisses Charges After Former Student Fails to Appear



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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- A judge dismissed charges against a teacher after a man who claimed she sexually abused him in the early 1990s failed to appear in court.

The prosecutor was disappointed and said there still was plenty of evidence to move the case forward.

"The statement of the victim has been consistent and very detailed. The statement of the witnesses has been consistent and very detailed," Donna Kelly said.

Roselyn Luke was fired as a Provo teacher last fall when a former student, now 27, said he had a relationship with her when he was in sixth grade. She was charged with six sex-related crimes.

The man was subpoenaed to testify Monday at a preliminary hearing but didn't appear. He also failed to appear Jan. 26.

At that time, his mother testified that she told Luke that the relationship with her son "seems very abnormal." She had believed he was staying after school to clean the fish tank and wash the teacher's truck.

Fourth District Judge Claudia Laycock said prosecutors can refile the charges.

------ Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldextra.com

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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