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Teacher wants evidence tossed

August 4, 2009
Reformer.com: When hunters find a box of child pornography in the Vermont woods, the courts call on a land surveyor to determine if the property belongs to a high school teacher.

By HOWARD WEISS-TISMAN

Reformer.com: BRATTLEBORO -- A lawyer representing former Brattleboro Union High School teacher Eric Achenbach wants evidence against his client thrown out because he says it was illegally seized.

Achenbach, 60, is facing charges of possessing child pornography after members of the Vernon Police Department collected a box of images from his property.

Achenbach was in court Thursday with his attorney John Mabie, who said in court papers filed last month that the material was taken without a warrant from a platform on Achenbach’s land.

Mabie also argues that other material taken after a warrant was obtained should not be considered in the case, because the request was only made after the illegal seizure was carried out.

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