Former Tidings editor expected to plead guilty in sex-abuse case

11:05 am — Former Ashland Daily Tidings Editor Andrew Scot Bolsinger plans to enter a guilty plea today in a felony sex-abuse case stemming from alleged sexual contact with a teenage girl he met while teaching at a Salem-area academy in 2000, court records show.

Bolsinger, 42, has a 3 p.m. hearing scheduled in Marion County Circuit Court for a change of plea in the case, according to court records. They indicate the hearing is for entering a guilty plea but do not show which charges would be affected.

Bolsinger pleaded not guilty in March 2008 to four counts of second-degree sexual abuse stemming from alleged sex with the girl, who records show was 16 years old at the time of the alleged crimes.

Various documents, including driving records, reveal that Bolsinger and his alleged victim listed the same residence and telephone number in Virginia prior to Bolsinger's hiring at the Tidings in July 2003. At that time in Virginia, the alleged victim was 20 years old.

Marion County investigators opened their case against Bolsinger in November 2007.

Marion County Assistant District Attorney Jodie Bureta did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

Bolsinger was fired in February 2008 from the Daily Tidings.

Ashland police also are investigating both Bolsinger and his wife, Lori Bolsinger, on possible theft and racketeering charges stemming from a string of failed or ailing downtown Ashland businesses.

The Bolsingers have not been charged in connection with the businesses, through which they have accumulated hundreds of thousands of dollars in debts, including IRS liens and penalties for failing to pay employees' payroll taxes, court records show.

Jackson County District Attorney Mark Huddleston did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment on the fraud case.

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