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Charges dropped against McLouth student, uncle speaks out

by Dennis Sharkey

Charges against a McLouth high school student accused of assaulting a six-year-old female have been dropped and the boy’s uncle is speaking out.

Jefferson County Prosecutor Robert Fox confirmed this week that the charges against the student had been dropped. He said the evidence presented was not sufficient to go forward. There are no plans to refile the charges.

The student’s guardian and uncle, Mark Hansen, said his nephew has unfairly been targeted and that he has been shunned by much of the community.

Hansen said his nephew is back in school now after spending 10 days in jail.

Before being arrested at school a few weeks ago, Hansen said he was told by the local fire district that his nephew wasn’t welcome at the station. His nephew was trying to become a junior volunteer.

Hansen said his attorney, Mike Hayes, showed him the evidence presented against his nephew and that most of it was made up.

He said the main evidence presented was statements made by the six-year-old victim. He said most statements didn’t match facts and that cameras from the school showed nothing.

Hansen is also angry about statements made about his nephew in the Independent and in the community. He said his nephew is a good kid and tries hard to make friends.

Most of all Hansen wanted to make clear that the principals and teachers at the school handled the situation correctly and balked at some of the accusations made toward the school.

“They’re not going to let something like that go by and neither is the principals,” Hansen said.

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