WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Former Carver High School English teacher Samuel McClain has been cleared from two charges of simple assault for allegedly patting two male students on the buttocks.
McClain's lawyer Kevin Dowling said the trial was four hours with nine witnesses including former and current Carver students.
Dowling said over the phone that the judge's dismissal Tuesday was a prima facie case.
Dowling said the state failure to present enough evidence to prove the allegations towards McClain were true.
McClain said he feels the dismissal will finally allow him to move on with his life away from the classroom and clear his name.
"It's very hurtful to know that as an educator you can't even give a positive gesture without them taking it and twisting it," McClain said.
McClain said he patted one of his students on the shoulder to congratulate him for passing an exam. McClain said he never patted the two accusing students on the buttocks.
McClain said he plans to look for another job in education but will not be returning to the classroom as a teacher.