School Votes To Pay Legal Fees Of Assistant Principal Charged In Child Porn Witchhunt

from the good-for-them dept

Back in April, we wrote about the ridiculous situation involving an assistant principal who had been prosecuted for "child porn" possession because he had been investigating kids at school sending graphic images of themselves to each other. The details of the case are convoluted, but it was quite clear that the guy never should have been charged -- just as it was equally clear that the prosecutor didn't seem to care. As we noted, the judge tossed out the case, but the guy had lost his job and his name had been attached to child porn, scaring off friends and neighbors. However, it sounds like things may actually be working out (as much as something could "work out" after such an awful experience).

Ting-Yi Oei was allowed to return to his job in April, and apparently he was welcomed back warmly: "The Parent Teacher Student Association organized a welcome-back breakfast for him and the school honors society decorated his office door and desk with notes of support and Christmas lights." And, now, the school board has voted to give him $167,000 to cover his legal fees. That still doesn't fix the emotional anguish, but at least the community and the school seems to have realized that the prosecutor made a huge mistake here.
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    R. Miles (profile), 26 Jun 2009 @ 5:46am

    Did I just read the article right?

    They said they had to [b]vote[/b] to pay the legal fees???

    What the hell would have happened if the vote went against?

    I think it's time for Oei to file his own lawsuit, both against the school and the city for wrongful prosecution.

    Because, as many state, the sheer implication was enough to ruin this man's life. Now, he should reap at least a million to retire and move the hell out of the area.

    For no amount of time will ever clear his name from those too stupid to see just how wrong the situation was from Oei's perspective.

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