Daily Tidings editor to be arraigned Tuesday

Ashland Daily Tidings Editor Andrew Scot Bolsinger will be arraigned Tuesday in Salem on rape and sodomy charges.

Bolsinger, also charged with five counts of second-degree sexual abuse and first-degree custodial interference in a case involving an alleged sexual relationship with a 16-year-old in 2000, said he will plead not guilty at his pretrial hearing.

He said in a telephone interview from the Marion County Jail that he was "completely blindsided" by the charges, which he said he planned to fight.

Bolsinger, who lives in Phoenix, has been suspended from his job pending the outcome of the case and remains in jail today. Bail is likely to be considered at his court appearance Tuesday.

His arrest Friday came after an investigation by the Marion County Sheriff Office, which received a complaint in September 2007 from a woman who reported having a sexual relationship with Bolsinger when she was a 16-year-old student of Bolsinger's at the Willamette Valley Christian School in Brooks.

The unidentified woman told police she had a relationship with Bolsinger in the spring of 2000. Bolsinger stopped working at the school that May, according to Marion County Sheriff's Cmdr. Jason Myers.

Bolsinger said he taught history and journalism in addition to coaching sports at the suburban Salem school for about four years. He would not comment further on the particulars of his case.

Bolsinger's wife, Lori, whom he was not married to at the time of the alleged incident, said she "stands by" her husband.

"Our family loves and believes in him, and we believe the truth will come out in the end," she said in a telephone interview.

— Daily Tidings

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