SALEM &

Andrew Scot Bolsinger, the editor of the Ashland Daily Tidings, was released on bail from the Marion County jail Tuesday, after two of the most serious charges against him &

rape and sodomy &

were dropped.




At a pre-trial hearing Tuesday morning in Salem, Marion County Judge Diane Rea set Bolsinger's bail at $250,000, which is the statutory norm, his attorney, Larry Roloff, said.




With Bolsinger's family &

including wife Lori and his brother &

watching from the courtroom gallery, the judge denied the prosecutor's request for an enhanced bail. The request was made due to the number of sex abuse charges Bolsinger still faces.




Bolsinger, who appeared via video link, is charged with five counts of sexual abuse in the second degree for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student while he was a teacher at Willamette Valley Christian School in 2000.




Willamette Valley Christian School Principal Gary Glassco on Tuesday declined to comment. Bolsinger, 41, taught history and journalism at the Brooks private school in addition to coaching sports for about four years. He left the school in May 2000, according to detectives.




Bolsinger, who now lives in Phoenix, was originally charged with rape, sodomy, sex abuse and custodial interference in the first degree. He turned himself in to Marion County authorities Friday, and has yet to be indicted by a grand jury.




Bolsinger is scheduled to appear in court again on Feb. 7. He was suspended from his job immediately after his arrest.




is the Tidings' Salem-based reporter. Reach him at csrizo@hotmail.com.