Former Teacher Found Not Guilty In Student Sex Case

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Patrick Williams could not control his emotions Monday night after a jury found him not guilty in a sex case dating back to 2008. Williams began weeping in the courtroom shortly after the verdict was read. Outside the Orleans Parish Criminal Courthouse, Williams had a brief comment.

"If there is a comment, God is good all the time, my brother, all the time. All the time. It's good. It's good. It's good," he said while raising clinched fists into the air.

Williams was accused of having sex with a student in 2008 who was 14-years-old at the time. The student took the stand and testified that Williams took her and a few other students to a house in New Orleans East and had sex with her. Another former student said Williams made unwanted sexual advances toward her.

The trial didn't begin until Monday afternoon. Before the evening began, closing arguments were already underway. At 8:15, the not guilty verdict was read.

In court, the defense tried to show that one of the teens had more than one sexual partner on that day in 2008 and that the sex was consentual. Prosecutors argued that -- because minors were involved -- the sex could not have been consentual.

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