Rape charges against a teacher have been dismissed because the teen-aged student who accused him could recall details of the alleged attacks only when she was under hypnosis.
Raymond Czarniak, 53, a fifth-grade teacher, was placed on paid leave in September after he was indicted on rape and sodomy charges. He was accused of having sexual contact with the girl 23 times in 1997 and 1998, when she was 14 and 15 years old. She now is 18.
The girl told prosecutors she had trouble recalling details of the alleged sexual encounters because she had tried to block them from her mind. But after a therapist hypnotized her, she recalled enough details to convince prosecutors to indict Czarniak on 46 counts.
A judge dismissed the charges Tuesday because state law prohibits the girl from testifying about recollections she had after she was hypnotized.