A former elementary school physical education teacher was found not guilty Tuesday of molesting one of his female students.
The five-woman, three-man jury took about 90 minutes to find Andrew Johnston, 49, Layton, not guilty of sexual abuse of a child. The trial took place in the courtroom of 2nd District Judge Ronald O. Hyde.Johnston had been charged with two felonies for allegedly molesting two of his students during class. The defendant was found not guilty of fondling a 10-year-old girl, who charged that Johnston patted her behind and touched her breasts on March 4.
Weber County Attorney Reed Richards will now have to decide if he will move ahead with a second trial, where Johnston is accused of molesting an 11-year-old girl on Feb. 19.
Johnston was a part-time instructor at Horace Mann Elementary School in Ogden when the two girls made the accusations.
During the two-day trial, the 10-year-old victim said that Johnston fondled her during class by touching her breasts and patting her behind.
Under cross examination from defense attorney Ron Perkins, the girl admitted that she has had a dislike for the defendant during the past two years.
She also said that Johnston had a habit of putting his arms around his students' shoulders to congratulate them during a game or to give them encouragement.