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Valdosta teacher acquitted of charges

May 9, 2008

Valdosta - A Valdosta teacher is acquitted of in a case that claimed he molested two young students.

Jeremy Bennett was second grade teacher at Sallas Mahone Elementary School.

He resigned last September after being charged with sexual battery and child molestation.

Two of his students accused him of touching them inappropriately during a class.

But after a three hour deliberation, a jury found him not guilty Thursday afternoon.

His attorney says the girls stories were inconsistent and over 20 character witnesses testified in Bennett's defense.

"I called about 20 of those teachers as witnesses but I could have called 40 or 60 or however many I wanted to. All of them were very supportive of their colleague and they knew he did not do this," says Bennett's Attorney Charlie Wetherington.

No word yet if Bennett will try to teach again.

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