By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 12/15/14, 10:24 AM PST | Updated: 10 hrs ago
SAN BERNARDINO >> Citing an “insufficiency of evidence,” the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office Monday dropped the charges of having sex with students against San Bernardino City Unified teacher Amy Bramlett.
Amy Corinne Bramlett, 46, a program specialist at Indian Springs High, was arrested in September on suspicion of having sex with two minors, one a current student, the other a former student.
San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Steve Malone agreed with Chief Deputy District Attorney Simon Umscheid’s request and dropped the charges against Bramlett.
Shortly after Bramlett was originally charged, her lawyer, Michael Scafiddi, reached out to Umscheid.
“He came to us and said he had some additional evidence,” Umscheid said outside of court after the charges were dropped.
Umscheid had the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department investigate, he said. Based on their investigation, he made his request Monday morning.
“There wasn’t sufficient evidence for us to go forward,” Umscheid said.
In November, Scafiddi said the two alleged victims had recanted their accusations against Bramlett.
Afterward, outside San Bernardino Superior Court, the defense lawyer thanked Umscheid for his decision.
“Today, Ms. Bramlett, all her supporters, myself, and everyone who knew Amy and knew that this could not have happened are grateful that our District Attorney’s Office did what they are supposed to do in seeking justice and dismissed these charges.”
Bramlett had been charged with two counts of oral copulation with a person under 18 years old and one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor more than three years younger. She was free on $100,000 bail.
She never should have been charged in the first place, according to Scafiddi: “There’s no doubt in my mind, being involved in the justice system for 35 years, that there were mistakes made by the Sheriff’s Department. No doubt.”
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