Tidings' editor released on bail; 5 charges remain

SALEM — Andrew Scot Bolsinger, editor of the Ashland Daily Tidings who was arrested on sex abuse charges Friday, was released from jail Tuesday after he posted $25,000 cash bail.

Two of the most serious charges against him, first-degree rape and sodomy, were dropped in a hearing Tuesday morning in Marion County Circuit Court.

Another charge, custodial interference in the first degree, also was dropped. Bolsinger has yet to be indicted by a grand jury.

Bolsinger, 41, was suspended from his job immediately after his arrest. No interim editor has been named.

Bolsinger still faces five counts of second-degree sexual abuse stemming from an alleged sexual relationship he had with a 16-year-old student while he was a teacher at the Willamette Valley Christian School in Brooks in 2000.

Marion County Judge Diane Rea set Bolsinger's bail at $250,000, rejecting the district attorney office's request for a higher bail. Prosecutors argued Bolsinger was "in a position of trust" over the alleged victim and said there were "repeated incidences" of sexual abuse "over years." Ten percent of bail is required for release from jail.

Second-degree sexual abuse is defined by Oregon law generally as having sexual intercourse or sexual penetration without the victim's consent. It is a Class C felony and carries a maximum sentence of five years.

Bolsinger is scheduled to appear in court again on Feb. 7.

Bolsinger's wife, Lori, declined comment for this story. In a previous interview, she said she supports her husband.

Bolsinger taught history and journalism in addition to coaching sports at the suburban Salem school for about four years. Willamette Valley Christian School Principal Gary Glassco declined comment when reached at his Monmouth home on Tuesday.

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