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Substitute teacher accused of touching Osceola students refuses to appear in court

Syed Asher arrested earlier this year

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – A former Osceola County substitute teacher accused of inappropriately touching several students was expected to be in court Thursday, but he refused to appear.

The judge granted a continuance in Syed Asher’s case.

Asher was arrested earlier this year after nearly a dozen students at various elementary schools across the county accused him of molestation. Investigators said Asher admitted to some of the allegations.

Asher’s attorney, Lyle Mazin, told the judge he needed more time to review various cases. He also explained Asher had been evaluated by a medical professional.

“I believe there’s definitely developmental issues here. There’s some mental issues here and, candidly speaking as to some of the cases on their face, I have questions about the veracity of the accusations,” Mazin said.

Mazin told the judge the extension is best interest not only for his defendant, but also the community.

“Specifically, we heard from the prosecution and they are setting parameters on this where if we do any litigation, they are going to revoke the plea deal,” Mazin said.

A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for April 22.

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