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Apr 20, 5:32 PM EDT

Teacher found not guilty of intimidating student sues police


PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A Pennsylvania high school teacher who was found not guilty of intimidating a female student who accused another teacher of having sex with her has filed a lawsuit.

Drew Zoldak alleges the Borough of Plum and its police force his civil rights by charging him with witness intimidation.

The suit, filed Wednesday, seeks unspecified monetary damages.

Three former Plum High School teachers - Joseph Ruggieri, Jason Cooper and Michael Cinefra - are in prison for sexual assault and other charges related to inappropriate relationships with female students.

During Zoldak's trial last June, prosecutors argued the in-class remarks by 41-year-old "broke" the victim and were meant to discourage her cooperation against Ruggieri.

Zoldak's attorney said the remarks weren't a crime.

A lawyer for the borough tells The Post-Gazette he hasn't seen the suit and can't comment.

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