FALMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts school superintendent accused of barging into a home to see if a student enrolled in his district actually lived there has been acquitted of misdemeanor trespassing and breaking and entering charges.
A Falmouth District Court judge on Wednesday ordered a directed verdict of not guilty against Brian Hyde, superintendent of Mashpee schools. She said Hyde couldn't be convicted of trespassing because he wasn't forbidden from the home.
His lawyers told the Cape Cod Times (http://bit.ly/1TotRhD ) the trial has been a "terrible ordeal for a great family man."
Prosecutors say Hyde entered the home in September without permission and rummaged through a 17-year-old girl's belongings during a residency check.
He was suspended in November. The school committee is scheduled to meet next week and could discuss Hyde's employment status.
Information from: Cape Cod (Mass.) Times, http://www.capecodonline.com