Yamhill County, Or., District Attorney Bradley Berry promised a full review of the prosecution of two 13-year-old boys for sexual harassment to determine what his office “did well and what we could improve upon” in pursuing criminal charges that a judge threw out yesterday, reports The Oregonian. Cory Mashburn and Ryan Cornelison walked out of the courtroom free from supervision for the first time in six months after apologizing to four girls. They had been accused of swatting girls on the buttocks and touching two girls on the breast at their middle school.
“I believe these youths have now moved from a model of bad behavior in the schools to an opportunity to be advocates for good behavior in the schools — behavior which promotes respect for other students and their personal and physical and psychological integrity,” said Judge John Collins. The boys’ families will sue the county, alleging an unlawful prosecution. Prosecutors came under intense criticism from the boys’ lawyers and many in the public for pursuing criminal charges.