Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Former Teacher Gets Pre-Trial Diversion
A former Putnam County schoolteacher will have to stay out of trouble for the next two years to avoid going to jail. 58-year-old Bruce Anderson received pre-trial diversion on a charge of sexual battery involving a former student. Anderson had been a teacher for more than 30 years when an 18-year-old student accused him last year of inappropriate touching. He resigned from his job soon thereafter. In his application for diversion, Anderson reportedly admitted to the incident, saying that it was "immature" and that he had blurred the lines between professional and personal relationships. Under the agreement reached this week, Anderson will not go to trial, but will be be under probation for two years and will be eligible to have his record cleared if he has no other run-ins with the law.