Salem-Keizer district PE teacher will not face charges

Salem-Keizer district PE teacher will not face charges »Play Video
Stuart Charleston (Photo courtesy Salem-Keizer Public Schools)

This story was updated on March 7, 2012

SALEM, Ore. - A Salem physical education teacher that faced allegations that he fondled a female middle-school student in 2011 will not face any charges following a review of the investigation by the Marion County District Attorney's Office.

Stuart A. Charleston, a physical education teacher at Waldo Middle School in the Salem-Keizer school district, was placed on paid administrative leave in October of 2011.

On March 6, 2012, the Marion County District Attorney's Office said a review of the investigation into the allegations resulted in no charges being filed against Charleston "based on the facts submitted in this investigation."

During the investigation, a Marion County grand jury heard testimony from girls who said they were sexually abused. A family of one girl said they planned to sue the school district.

Gilion Dumas, a lawyer representing the mother of one of the victims said the grand jury was taking testimony from "multiple alleged victims". She said all the victims were middle-school-aged females.

The Salem-Keizer superintendent received a notice in January that said the mother intended to sue the school district over "sexually inappropriate fondling" of her daughter by Charleston, according to Dumas.

Called a "tort claim," the notice said the incidents took place over a two-month period in September and October of 2011. The family filed suit for emotion distress, psychological damage and counseling costs.

Charleston has taught in the Salem-Keizer district since 1985, but just started at Waldo in the fall of 2011. Previously he had taught at Stephens Middle School.

A district spokesman said in January that they had not heard of any other allegations.

"Right now we're in a holding pattern. We're going to wait and see what happens with the legal process," said spokesman Jay Remy in January.

The district would not disclose details from Charleston's personnel file, so it's not known if he has had any issues in the past.

At the time, Salem Police did not comment on the case, except to say they sent their investigation to the district attorney's office.