By Jamie Ward
WHEELING - Mathew Kotson, a former Wheeling Police Officer, was supposed to stand trial on one count of sexual assault in the second degree Tuesday.
There was no jury in Judge Arthur Recht's courtroom Tuesday morning because the state dropped that charge.
Kotson's pretrial hearing was rescheduled for August 2.
The state dismissed Count 5 against Kotson. He still faces four counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, two counts of sexual assault in the second degree and one count of burglary.
Judge Recht said he is bothered by this case.
Some of the witnesses who had been cooperative initially, have indicated that they no longer will be cooperative. In court he said he wanted an explanation as to why.
They will go to trial on September 4 for two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree.
Judge Recht said they will only be able to get the first two counts tried by the end of the term, which is September 7.