Ashland editor arrested on sex assault charges

Ashland Daily Tidings Editor Andrew Scot Bolsinger was arrested by Marion County sheriff's detectives late this afternoon on sexual assault charges in connection with a sex abuse investigation involving a Brooks student, police said.

Bolsinger, 41, was charged with first-degree rape and sodomy, five counts of second-degree sexual abuse and first-degree custodial interference, police said. He was lodged at the Marion County Jail after his 5 p.m. arrest.

He has been suspended from his Ashland position until the case is resolved.

"We have no comment pending resolution of the case," said Mail Tribune Editor Bob Hunter, who worked with Bolsinger on administrative issues related to the Tidings, a sister paper of the Mail Tribune. "We're in no position to determine his guilt or innocence."

Detectives were contacted in September by a woman who reported having a sexual relationship with Bolsinger, a former teacher and coach at Willamette Valley Christian School in Brooks, when she was 16 years old, Marion County sheriff's Cmdr. Jason Myers said in a press release.

The reported relationship occurred in the spring of 2000, Myers said.

Bolsinger stopped working at the school that May.

Bolsinger, who lives in Phoenix and has been a part owner in several

businesses in Ashland and Talent, was hired in July 2003 as editor of the Tidings.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about Bolsinger can call Marion County sheriff's Detective Tyler Chapman at (503) 566-6910.

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