LANSING - The Ingham County charges against former Okemos High School teacher William Polston have been dropped. Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III says the victim in the case told prosecutors that she did not want to go through the trial process again. Dunnings says even if convicted of the Ingham County charges, Polston would not serve any more time in prison, because the sentences would run concurrently.
Polston's Ingham County trial had been scheduled to begin June 4th.
In January 2011, William Polston was found guilty in Eaton County of 6 counts of criminal sexual conduct. Polston faced 6 criminal sexual conduct charges in Ingham County as well, stemming from the sexual relationship he had with the same female student while she was in high school.
Polston had the affair with the teenage girl in 2003 and 2004. The affair was not revealed until 2010, when a teacher, in which the victim had confided, reported what she was told. Polston had agreed to pay the victim $70,000 over 10 years for the girl to remain silent about the affair.
Polston was sentenced in an Eaton County court to 15-30 years in prison.