Monday, November 9, 2009

NY: Trial date set for Victor art teacher accused of sexual abuse

The suspended art teacher, accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old student at Victor High School, got his [trial] date today but Ronald Bartlett's supporters still say he is wrongly accused.

The 49-year-old from Penfield, walked into court this morning with his wife and some student supporters.

Bartlett's defense attorney says he doesn't understand why this case left Victor Town Court and was elevated to Ontario County Court. The prosecution says it's because that's what the Grand Jury decided.

Bartlett’s attorney says his client has a great deal of support but it's still a difficult time. Scott Green said, “To be accused of anything like this I can't imagine. I can't pretend to know what's going through the Bartletts mind but we hope come the week of March 1st, this will be a long memory.”

The reason Bartlett’s attorney mentioned March 1 is because that’s when the trial begins.

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