Judge will decide whether ex-editor's move deserves rebuke

A Marion County judge could decide as early as Thursday whether former Ashland Daily Tidings Editor Andrew Scot Bolsinger should face sanctions for failing to keep court officials informed of his whereabouts while awaiting trial on felony sex-abuse charges, court officials said.

Bolsinger late this morning telephoned, and then sent a letter by facsimile, to Marion County Circuit Court Manager Jerry Frost, suppling a downtown San Francisco address and telephone number as his contact information.

The information was to update Bolsinger's disconnected telephone number and his residence being the Healdsburg, Calif. address of his grandmother, who twice told the Mail Tribune last week that he was not living there and she did not know of his whereabouts.

Bolsinger's call came as Frost was in the midst of confirming a Mail Tribune report that Bolsinger could not be found at addresses and telephone numbers he supplied the court in January and February.

Frost said he will make notations of his findings and forward them, along withe Bolsinger's criminal file, to Marion County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Guimond, who is now presiding over Bolsinger's sex-abuse case.

"He'll make some determination whether he's in violation of his release agreement or not," Frost said.

Bolsinger did not return telephone calls today seeking comment.

In the letter, Bolsinger states that he and his wife, Lori, were living in the Bay Area, that his wife has a job there and that he is "close" to getting a job in San Francisco.

Typically, under terms of the release agreement, Bolsinger would be required to receive permission from the court before moving.

Failing to do so could lead to an arrest warrant, possible prosecution for contempt of court and loss of the $25,000 cash bail Bolsinger posted, according to his release agreement.

Bolsinger and his attorney, Larry Roloff, told Frost they believed he had verbal permission during a previous court appearance to move to San Francisco, Frost said.

Frost said he plans to review audiotape from that hearing to verify that.

If he did get verbal permission, Bolsinger was still required to update his standing with the court, Frost said.

However, Frost said Bolsinger did not do that until he read today's Mail Tribune story about the discrepancies in information Bolsinger supplied to the court.

Bolsinger, 41, pleaded not guilty to four counts of second-degree sexual abuse, stemming from alleged sex with a female teenager he met while teaching at a Salem-area academy in 2000. He was fired Feb. 5 from the Daily Tidings, which is a sister paper of the Mail Tribune.

— Mark Freeman

More details: Thursday's Mail Tribune

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