A Los Osos man and Monterey County elementary school teacher no longer faces a child molestation charge, after San Luis Obispo County prosecutors dropped the case against him. [Tribune]
In May 2016, authorities arrested Jeremy Blackwell, 43, on campus at San Antonio Elementary School in Lockwood in southern Monterey County on suspicion of molesting a girl under the age of 14 at a home in Los Osos sometime between January and March 2016. Blackwell taught sixth grade.
Prosecutors charged Blackwell with a single felony count of committing a lewd act with a child. But on Tuesday, a San Luis Obispo judge dismissed the case after a SLO County prosecutor filed a motion to drop the charge.
The molestation case concluded prior to any testimony or evidence being presented publicly in court.
Prosecutors dropped the case because they did not believe the allegations could be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, said Assistant SLO County District Attorney Eric Dobroth.
Blackwell’s attorney, Patrick Fisher, said his client had maintained his innocence throughout the case and would have accepted nothing less than a dismissal.
Following Blackwell’s arrest, the San Antonio Union Elementary School District placed him on unpaid administrative leave. Blackwell remained on leave, as of Tuesday, as the district had yet to received formal notification of the dismissal of the case. It is unclear if Blackwell will return to his teaching position.