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Judge dismisses charges against Poteat

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Jerry Poteat Trail Motion Hearing

Former Holston View Elementary School Principal Jerry Poteat talks to his lawyer Jim Bowman during the first day of his trial in Sullivan County Court on Wednesday.

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. - Judge Jerry Beck this afternoon dismissed both charges against former Bristol Tennessee school Principal Jerry Poteat.

Defense counsel Jim Bowman filed motions to dismiss both the attempted child abuse and attempted child neglect charges because the "wording was insufficient."

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Before a lunch break, prosecutors agreed on the felony count and, after lunch the judge dismissed the second count.

Poteat cannot be charged again, because a jury had already been seated in the case, Bowman said.

Poteat was accused of locking a 5-year-old student out of the school in 27-degree weather in January 2015. According to court documents, Poteat said the girl had been screaming for her parents for an hour, disrupting her class and the school.

Check back to read more online and in the Bristol Herald Courier.

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