Prosecutors have decided not to pursue charges against an Osbourn High School teacher caught with marijuana last December.
Aaron Bauknight is a business teacher at Osbourn High School, according to its website and was charged after the drug and a device used to smoke it was found in a car he occupied on Dec. 16 2010.
According to court documents, Bauknight appeared in court Tuesday, Feb. 22, to face the misdemeanour charge but the case was dismissed.
The status of the Baucknight’s case, according to court documents, was noted as ‘noelle prosequi,’ which according to the Virginia's Judicial System’s website is “a formal motion by the prosecuting officer in a criminal action, which states that he will no further prosecute the case.”
As a result, the judge dismissed the case.
Bauknight was placed on administrative leave after the incident, but is currently listed on Osbourn High School’s website as a business teacher.
Manassas City Public Schools Public Relations Specialist Al Radford said she 'believes' Bauknight is still employed with the school system, but said she would have to clarify his employment status with the Human Resources department.
Both Bauknight, 30, of the 9000 block of Coriander Circle in Manassas and Jacob Lavely, 24, of the 13500 block of Frost Drive in Nokesville were charged in the December incident after police were called to a street in Manassas for a suspicious vehicle report. The two men were found in the vehicle along with an undisclosed amount of marijuana and paraphernalia , according to Manassas City Police
According to court documents, Bauknight was not charged a fine but the ruling does carry a one-year probationary period at which point the charge could be reindicted.