Former Tidings editor sentenced to 20 months in prison

SALEM — Former Ashland Daily Tidings Editor Andrew Scot Bolsinger was sentenced this afternoon to almost two years in prison for sexually abusing a teenage girl he taught, coached and mentored while teaching at a Salem-area Christian academy in 2000.

Bolsinger was led out of his Marion County Circuit Court hearing in handcuffs to begin his 20-month prison sentence, not facing weeping family members present during his 3 p.m. hearing in Salem.

Marion County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Guimond also imposed a five-year "no tolerance" probation during which the 42-year-old Bolsinger could be returned to prison for another 30 months if he violated any conditions of his probation, which include no contact with minors, no use of computers and sex-offender treatment.

In a brief and muffled statement, Bolsinger apologized for all the pain he caused.

Bolsinger, who recently had been living in San Francisco and writing for online publications using a pseudonym, pleaded guilty April 15 to two counts of second-degree sexual abuse and two counts of third-degree sexual abuse stemming from four separate incidents involving the victim while she was 16.

The victim, who recently turned 26, testified in the sentencing that Bolsinger preyed on her and "misused his position of trust in a Christian academy for his own pleasure."

Daily Tidings online editor Mike Green addressed Guimond during the hearing, saying Bolsinger was an excellent editor in recent years in Ashland, positively transforming the personal and professional lives of Green and others.

Bolsinger's family and the victim declined comment outside of court today.

Bolsinger was indicted in February 2008 on four counts of second-degree sexual abuse, which is a Class C felony.

Two of those counts in April were reduced Wednesday to Class A misdemeanors, with Bolsinger acknowledging that he had illegal sexual contact with the girl during those specific incidents, but that they did not have intercourse.

— Mark Freeman

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