Tidings editor to be arraigned today

Tidings editor to be arraigned today

SALEM— Andrew Scot Bolsinger, the editor of the Ashland Daily Tidings, will be arraigned today in Salem on rape and sodomy charges.

Bolsinger, also charged with five counts of sexual abuse in the second degree and custodial interference in the first degree, has been suspended from his job as editor at the Ashland Daily Tidings pending the outcome of his case.

In a telephone interview with the Tidings from the Marion County Jail, Bolsinger said he was "completely blindsided" by the charges.

Bolsinger, who lives in Phoenix, said he will plead not guilty at his pretrial hearing. He remains in jail. Bail is likely to be considered at his court appearance today.

According to Bolsinger's defense attorney, Larry Roloff of Eugene, the case had not been assigned to a prosecutor as of Monday morning — something that "is not unusual," he said.

His arrest Friday comes after an investigation by the Marion County Sheriff's 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 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.

The Medford Mail Tribune, which is owned by the same parent company as the Tidings, reported Sunday that Bolsinger has had a string of legal problems with several Ashland businesses he owns or has interest in, including Pipon's Cantina and the now-closed Jefferson State Pub.

In the case of Pipon's, a Mexican restaurant on the Plaza, Bolsinger reportedly was sued by the city over failing to pay food and beverage taxes. Fred Stockwell, an Ashland photographer, who said he had invested $50,000 in the Jefferson State Pub and later sold his share to Bolsinger, says he has not been paid by Bolsinger.

Bolsinger was named editor of the Ashland Daily Tidings in July 2003 after spending three years working as a political reporter and city editor at the Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg, Va.

Chris Rizo is the Tidings' Salem-based reporter. Reach him at

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