WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — A judge has dismissed a corruption of minors charge against a former northeastern Pennsylvania high school teacher who had been accused of having kissed and fondled an underage girl at a party more than a decade ago.

A Luzerne County grand jury indicted 47-year-old former Coughlin High School teacher Brian Hampel in December, but prosecutors later said they didn’t believe they could prove the charge. Hampel’s attorney argued last month that the charge wasn’t brought within the statute of limitations and the girl never came to police alleging inappropriate contact.

The (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader (http://bit.ly/2pRy7Mo ) reports that Judge Michael Vough dismissed the charge Tuesday.

The Wilkes-Barre Area School Board earlier fired Hampel after allegations that he acted as a “lookout” during another teacher’s sexual activity with a 16-year-old girl.

Information from: Times Leader, http://www.timesleader.com

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