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David Montgomery Found Not Guilty in Molestation Case

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A former Collegiate Academy teacher accused of child molesting has been found "not guilty".

Prosecutors said they were not expecting this verdict from the jury. They were extremely confident in their client's case, saying he never wavered on his story during the entire two year process.  

David Montgomery was found not guilty on charges of sexual assault, corruption of a child, and endangerment of a child.

After two days of testimony, including the main witness, a 15- year- old boy, it only took the jury about half an hour to come to an agreement on all three charges.

Attorney Gene Placidi represented the former science teacher. He said he worked to prove that the accuser was not at Montgomery's home at the time of the alleged incident.

"With all due respect to the alleged victim... I think the jury understood that it couldn't happen the way the Commonwealth was claiming it happened," said Placidi. 

"We were very confident in our case and we've believed (the client) since day one, he's been consistent," said Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth Hirz. "It's been very hard on the family... and it just built up today with that verdict, so they're very emotional and very disappointed as well."

This case may be closed, but Montgomery will be back in the courtroom June 7th for a preliminary hearing on additional molestation charges from another alleged victim.

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