Defense Lawyer Daniel M. Margolis Gets Sex Offense Charges Dismissed Against Cleveland Teacher Due to Lack of Evidence

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Cleveland criminal defense lawyer Daniel M. Margolis represented a high school art teacher accused of groping a 14-year-old student; charges were dropped when no credible evidence of guilt was produced.

Cleveland criminal defense attorney Dan Margolis

Cleveland criminal defense attorney Dan Margolis successfully defends teacher charged with sex offense

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office did the right thing by dismissing this case.

Cleveland sex crime attorney and criminal defense lawyer Daniel M. Margolis defended school teacher Jay Bloesinger, 40, against charges that he inappropriately touched a 14-year-old girl multiple times in public areas of the Thomas Jefferson Ninth Grade Academy where he taught art. The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office agreed to dismiss sexual imposition charges with prejudice (they cannot be refiled) in case 548002, State v. Jay Bloesinger on September 26, 2011 in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. Bloesinger agreed not to sue any of the parties involved, according to the agreement.

“The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office was forthright throughout the entire process and did the right thing by dismissing this case,” said defense attorney Margolis. “Their professionalism is much appreciated.”

According to court records, Bloesinger was originally arrested and charged March 3, 2011 in the Cleveland Municipal Court. He was immediately suspended with pay by the school board. The charges were investigated by the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) Safety and Security department. Despite the presence of 137 surveillance cameras installed two years ago in public areas of the school where the offenses allegedly occurred, the CMSD was unable to document the accuser’s claims, according to evidentiary hearing testimony. Credible witnesses to the offenses could not be produced either, Margolis said, although one witness was found who cast doubt on the allegations made by the accuser and her friends.

The girl has a long history of disciplinary problems, Margolis said. He noted that the girl accused Bloesinger after he refused her requests for a job at the pizzeria he owns or at his home as a babysitter. According to a spokesperson with the prosecutor’s office, the girl has not recanted her story.

“Mr. Bloesinger is looking forward to putting this nightmare behind him and getting back to teaching as soon as possible,” said Margolis. Bloesinger started working for the school district in 1998 and also teaches classes in three other district schools in addition to Thomas Jefferson, he said.

About the Law Office of Daniel M. Margolis

Attorney Daniel M. Margolis began his legal career as an assistant prosecutor for Cuyahoga County. Calling on his experience as a firefighter in college, he helped found the county’s first Arson Prosecution Unit. When Margolis entered private practice in 2000, he focused his practice on defending adult and juvenile clients accused of crimes ranging from DUI to arson, burglary, domestic violence, drug crimes, juvenile delinquency, and homicide. He has also successfully defended clients as a Cleveland sexual assault attorney.

For more information, visit the [Daniel M. Margolis website or call 216-539-7077.

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