Former Columbus High Teacher Won’t Face Criminal Charges

STILLWATER COUNTY, Mont. (NMB) – The Stillwater County News reports that a former Columbus High School Art Teacher will not face criminal charges based on allegations that he showed students inappropriate materials.

It will be up to the Montana Office of Public Instruction as to whether the teacher will have his license pulled.

The Columbus City Prosecutor was considering filing a misdemeanor obscenity charge, but it was determined that they would be unlikely to prove the charge beyond a reasonable doubt.

The investigation found that the teacher, Michael Barrett, shared with three or four students a book containing “graphic, non-color drawings,” and a few of the drawings depicted sexual acts. Students were found to have briefly flipped through the drawings before returning the book to the teacher.

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