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Prosecution of ex-Abbotsford teacher delayed

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NEILLSVILLE  (WAOW) – The prosecution of a former Abbotsford math teacher accused of sexually assaulting two 17-year-old female students beginning last October was delayed Thursday after he requested a new attorney, online court records said.

Andy Follen, 25, of Spencer made his first appearance in Clark County Circuit Court on five felony counts of sexual assault of a student by school staff.

Follen was charged in February, just days after he resigned from a teaching job he had for four years.

Follen requested a new attorney and waived the required time limits for a preliminary hearing during Thursday's court appearance, according to online records. A pretrial conference was set for March 25.

The criminal complaint said one girl told investigators that she kissed the teacher in his classroom last November and that in subsequent days it eventually led to “everything that goes with kissing.”

The other girl, identified as the victim of four of the assaults, told investigators she began a sexual relationship with Follen during her volleyball season last fall, the complaint said.

The girl told investigators that one of the assaults occurred in Follen's classroom during a Saturday basketball tournament at the high school in December, the complaint said.

The maximum punishment for each felony count is six years in prison.

Follen is free on a $2,500 cash bond, court records said. 
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