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Former Abbotsford teacher bound over on sex assault charges


NEILLSVILLE, Wis. (WSAU) - A former Abbotsford school teacher accused of sexual assaults against two students will be heading to trial.

25-year-old Andy Follen was bound over on Thursday in Clark County court on five felony counts of sexual assault of a student by school staff, one count of intimidation of a witness and two counts of bail jumping.

A criminal complaint filed in Clark County circuit court claims 25-year-old Andy Follen had a sexual relationship with two 17-year-old students this past October. The complaint says one of the two victims is a volleyball player that claims she had sex with Follen in his classroom during a Saturday basketball tournament.Once arrested in the first case, he allegedly contacted one of the girls and tried to convince her to contact the DA's office to get lessened charges.

Text messages were intercepted by one of the victim’s parents, and that parent contacted the Abbotsford School District. The school immediately contacted the Colby-Abbotsford Police Department.

Follen is free on a $7,500 bond after a bench warrant had to be issued for his arrest earlier in the case. He'll be back in court for arraignment July 2nd.

Follen is no longer employed by the Abbotsford schools. He resigned January 24th early in the investigation into his alleged misconduct on the job.

If convicted, Follen could spend 30 years in prison, six for each of the five felony counts.