Assault charge against Eagle-Vail teacher dismissed
EAGLE, Colorado Prosecutors dismissed an assault charge against a local high school teacher Wednesday, authorities said. Lewis H. Stahl, 38, was accused of holding his arm against a womans throat and pulling her hair as she lay on a couch in an Eagle-Vail home around midnight Dec. 28. The womans name is being withheld. Stahl has been a music teacher at Battle Mountain High School since 2006. Brooke Skjonsby, spokeswoman for Eagle County School District, said Stahl is on administrative leave now, though she did not know why. She did not offer further details.In January, Skjonsby said the School District could not comment on the allegations. Stahl is relieved that prosecutors decided to drop the charges, said Jim Fahrenholtz of Avon-based Fahrenholtz Carey & Weins, which represented Stahl. Stahl has denied the allegations from the start and he should be presumed innocent, Fahrenholtz said. It just didnt happen, Fahrenholtz said about the incident. It was definitely an accusation that I think would have been unproven at trial, he said. Prosecutors dismissed a misdemeanor third-degree assault, domestic violence charge, said Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said. The woman did not want to testify against Stahl had the case gone to trial, Hurlbert said. Prosecutors often go forward with domestic violence cases without testimony from alleged victims, but Stahls case could not be won without the woman, he said. Without her testimony, we felt that we were not going to be able to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt, he said. Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or email@example.com.
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