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UPDATE: Ex-Abbotsford teacher to stand trial

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NEILLSVILLE (WAOW) - A judge on Thursday ordered a former Abbotsford math teacher to stand trial on charges accusing him of sexually assaulting two 17-year-old female students.

Clark County Circuit Judge John Counsell ruled prosecutors presented sufficient evidence during a preliminary hearing to justify the charges against Andy Follen, 25, of Spencer.


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.

Follen is to return to court July 2 to enter pleas to the charges.

According to the criminal complaint, one girl told investigators that she kissed Follen 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's attorney, John Stichert, did not immediately return a telephone message Thursday.

Follen is free on a $7.500 cash bond, court records said.

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


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CLARK COUNTY (WAOW) – A judge is set to decide on Thursday if there's enough evidence to send a former Abbotsford math teacher, accused of sexually assaulting two 17-year-old female students, to trial.

Andy Follen, 25, of Spencer was charged with five felony counts of sexual assault of a student by school staff, for incidents investigators say happened in October. Officials say one of the assaults happened in Follen's classroom during a weekend basketball tournament.

The charges were filed in February, just days after Follen resigned from a teaching job he held for four years.

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.

Follen is also accused of contacting one of the alleged victims after he was charged, which is a violation of his bond.

Clark County Sheriff's Department officials say Follen called one of the girls, said he loved her and that he wanted to see her before she turned 18.

In addition to the five sexual assault charges, Follen is also charged with bail jumping and intimidating a witness.

Follen's attorney has not returned our calls.

The judge will also rule on the latest charges at the preliminary hearing Thursday as well.

Follen was released from jail on a $7,500 cash bond.

Newsline 9 will update this story after the court appearance.


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