Molestation Charges Dropped Against Ex-Teacher

Prosecutors also dropped 99 counts of porn possession.

A former Pennsylvania middle school teacher has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography but prosecutors opted to drop a molestation charge against him.

Former Easton Middle School teacher Stephen Sullivan pleaded guilty Friday to a single pornography possession charge in return for having another 99 counts dropped. Prosecutors also dropped a molestation case involving a 7-year-old girl after determining the girl's accounts were unreliable.

Police searched Sullivan's home in February after the girl claimed he sexually assaulted her in December 2009. Authorities found numerous pornographic pictures and videos and Sullivan was arrested in March following a suicide attempt.

Assistant Northampton County District Attorney Patricia Broscius says "blatant inconsistencies" in the girl's testimony made it impossible to proceed with the molestation case.

Sentencing is set for January.

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