After jurors deliberated for 6 minutes, a recently retired middle school English teacher with the Bath-Haverling school district was found not guilty of forcible touching in connection with an alleged classroom incident that involved a 13 year old female student last October. The victim claimed 63 year old James Cain grabbed her left breast as he commented on a carnation she was wearing on her lapel. He said an hour after the alleged incident, the middle school principal told him the student came to his office and made the accusation.
Weeks later, Cain was charged with a misdemeanor by village police. He said the accuser and her friend had a history of making accusations against teachers in the Haverling district. At trial, the girls testimony was discredited.
We asked Cain if he thinks the accuser, or similar accusers, should be held legally accountable for serious false accusations like the one made against him.
Cain, who was scheduled to retire at the end of the last school year, did so after 22 years with the district. He was grateful for the support he and his family received from colleagues, students, both current and former, and community members during the 10 month ordeal.