Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Thu, April 5 2012 at 5:27 PM, Updated: Thu, April 5 2012 at 6:04 PM
Eighteen year-old Omar Alverez-Garcia was cleared of three sex abuse charges following a jury trial that ended with the judged accepting the defenses motion for acquittal.
A Jackson County Judge acquits a former Mcloughlin Middle School tutor, accused of inappropriately touching a female student during class. but there's a twist to this ruling. it was a matter of consent that motivated Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Gerking to clear the 18 year-old Omar Daniel Alverez Garcia. Alverez-Garcia, a former tutor at Mcgloughlin Middle School was acquitted on all three counts of sex abuse for allegedly touching a 15 year-old student while the two were in a science class earlier thisfebruary. After a jury selection, testimony from detectives handling the case and hearing directly from the young girl, the judge accepted the motion to aquit Avleraez-Garcia. The reason behind the judges ruling was a bit confusing, not only for people in the courtroom but for state prosecutors. It was all a matter of consent. Age of consent laws state that both partners must give consent, but there are exceptions when both are within a certain number of years in age. In this case, the female student and the adult male tutor are actually less than three years apart. Alverez-Garcia was cleared of those charges but another twist, according to the Jackson County Jail Inmate List. Alverez-Garcia is still in jail without bail as an illegal alien.
News at Sunrise Co-Anchor Travis Koch started his career as a filmmaker. He wrote and directed documentaries about traveling and extreme sports.
Among his many life experiences, he was a dog musher in Alaska and a baker in Minnesota. Travis began his career at NBC5 News as a weekend photographer and has continued to follow his dreams in television broadcasting and multimedia.