Inappropriate Touching Charges Dropped

Teacher, former lawmaker was accused of touching girl.

Thursday, Mar 3, 2011  |  Updated 3:45 PM EDT
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Inappropriate Touching Charges Dropped

Prosecutors have dropped their case against a former state lawmaker accused of inappropriately touching a girl inside Tolland Middle School.

Michael Cardin, 40, had been charged with risk of injury to a minor and disorderly conduct and, the Journal Inquirer of Manchester reports, those charges were dropped on Tuesday.

Cardin has been on paid administrative leave from his job as a social studies teacher since his arrest in September.

Several female students told investigators that Cardin made them feel uncomfortable and one alleged he rubbed her neck and shoulders and looked down her shirt, according to a warrant.

Cardin, free on bond, has refused comment to the Associated Press and the wire service left a message seeking comment on Thursday with his attorney, Stephen McEleney.

Cardin, a Democrat, served as state representative from the 53rd District from 1994 to 2006.
 

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