Pa. teacher cleared in fondling, faces second case

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A suspended northwestern Pennsylvania high school teacher has been acquitted on charges that he fondled a then-12-year-old boy during a Christmas visit which the teacher, and several defense witnesses, testified never occurred.

The Erie Times-News ( ) reports Wednesday’s verdict came after just 25 minutes of deliberations by an Erie County jury.

But the teacher, 43-year-old David Montgomery, still faces a preliminary hearing next month on charges he molested another boy — now 18 — on repeated occasions between 2003 and 2010.

The alleged victim in Wednesday’s verdict testified that Montgomery molested him while the boy spent the night along with two younger brothers that Christmas. Charges involving the other two boys, who also claimed they were molested, were dismissed before the trial.

Montgomery has been suspended from Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy since his arrest two years ago.

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