Jury clears former principal

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By Cheri Harris

In a Sept. 24 jury trial, Former Gadsden Central Academy Principal William Blitch was found not guilty of trespassing.

Andrew Deneen, an assistant state attorney, said, “A jury of his peers found him not guilty of the crime charged.”

The charge of trespassing on property after warning stemmed from an incident in April. He was also initially charged with disorderly intoxication but that charge was dropped April 11 by a judge.

Blitch said, “It was a ridiculous charge from Day One, but all the evidence proved I was innocent.”

He said it was such a fraudulent case that he felt sorry for the jury.

Blitch was placed on administrative leave following the April incident, and he is no longer employed by Gadsden County Schools.

He said he has already spoken with Schools Superintendent Reginald James and requested reinstatement of his position with the school district.

Times Executive Editor Cheri Harris can be reached at 850-627-7649 or