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Grand Ledge Teacher Charged With CSC Will Be Re-Tried

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GRAND LEDGE, Mich. (WLNS) - An Eaton County prosecutor's failure to turn over evidence to the defense in the case of a Grand Ledge teacher accused of having sex with two underage boys led to a mistrial, officials say.

Eaton County Probate Judge Thomas Byerley threw out the case on Friday, after jurors had already spent part of Thursday Friday deliberating.

"We discovered some evidence--documents that were actually on a compact disc or CD that we feared we had not turned over to the defense," said Eaton County Prosecutor Jeff Sauter. "The court granted a mistrial because it is our obligation to provide that type of evidence to the defense in advance of the trial."

The defendant, Jason Algra, faces eight counts of criminal sexual conduct. Algra is accused of having sexual relationships with two male students who went to his school.

"We really feel bad for the victims and their families, so it is not a good thing. It was a failure on my office's part to document the delivery of these discs to the defense," said Sauter.

Algra's lawyer wasn't available for comment, but in court last week, Algra maintained his innocence.

Eaton County prosecutors say the case will go before a judge once again. But it could be weeks or even months before that happens.

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