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Preliminary hearing set in teacher sex case

NEILLSVILLE (WAOW) - A preliminary hearing has been set for a former Abbotsford math teacher accused of sexually assaulting two 17-year-old female students beginning last October, including one of them in his classroom during a weekend basketball tournament.

Andy Follen, 25, of Spencer, appeared in Clark County Circuit Court on Thursday with his attorney and requested the hearing for prosecutors to present evidence to justify the charges, according to online court records. The hearing will be May 22.

Follen was charged in February with five felony counts of sexual assault of a student by school staff. The charges were filed just days after Follen resigned from a teaching job he had for four years.

The Jan. 24 resignation came as police looked into allegations of misconduct with a student.

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.

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

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