Sexual-abuse case against Anchorage teacher dropped
Prosecutors have dropped a case against an Anchorage teacher accused of sexually abusing a teenager she met at church.
Anchorage District Attorney Rick Allen said in March that the case against 37-year old Hannah Morris was dropped in January.
A woman had contacted police in June 2017 to say Morris sexually abused her in 2002 and 2003.
Anchorage police say Morris was a youth leader at a South Anchorage church during that time.
Allen said the woman was 16 at the time, allowing her to have consensual sex under Alaska's age-of-consent laws, unless Morris was in a "position of authority" over her.
Because the incident occurred at a camp where Morris had been volunteering as a custodian and counselor, rather than acting as a paid teacher, Allen said prosecutors weren't able to prove that Morris had authority over the teen.
Grace Christian School confirmed in June 2017 that Morris was a teacher there. According to the school website, she began teaching there in 2004.
Morris had initially entered a not guilty plea and been released her on bond.