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DA: Case against aide fell apart without victim cooperation

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Horton was arrested on sodomy charges in 2009. The DA filed to drop the case this week. Horton was arrested on sodomy charges in 2009. The DA filed to drop the case this week.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Madison County prosecutors are dropping charges against a former teacher's aide accused of sexual abuse. The alleged victim in the case reportedly refused to cooperate, and the case fell apart.

This week, the District Attorney's Office filed to drop Michael Horton's sodomy charge. Horton worked as a teacher's aide at Providence School in Huntsville. The ten-year employee of the school system was arrested in 2009.

Prosecutor Jason Scully-Clemmons was asked how the victim stopped cooperating. He didn't go into specifics, but said his entire case rests upon the testimony and credibility of the victim. He said without that cooperation, it made it impossible to prosecute.

"We try to look at it from what evidence we can bring; can we prove this case beyond a reasonable doubt by admissible evidence? We have to look at it from that detached perspective," Scully-Clemmons said.

"What keeps us from getting frustrated is our recognition that in some respects we are here to safeguard the justice system, not just to get convictions," he continued.

The victim's family released a statement on Friday which says, "We completely dispute the District Attorney's assessment of our level of cooperation." They added that, to avoid further distress to the victim, they are declining the opportunity to make any further comment about the case.

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