NJ: Teacher Not Guilty of Simple Assault of Student; Touching Someone Does Not Automatically Constitute Assault; Need Intent To Injure. @njdotcom (8/16/11)

Longtime Salem High School teacher Steve Merritt found not guilty of assault on student, Megan Weidle. Court said that all eyewitnesses to the incident indicated that teacher’s touch to student’s face was done in a joking or friendly way, not in a way that seemed violent or with intent to harm.

The court determines that the actions were not malicious in nature. They were done in jest. Based on the evidence, the court cannot find beyond a reasonable doubt that this action was criminal- done with an intent to injure.

For full article see Longtime Salem High School teacher found not guilty of assault By Michael Williams/Today’s Sunbeam

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