A former Nassau County Community College professor from Dix Hills who was accused of sexually abusing a student in his office was found not guilty by a jury Monday.
Alfred Magrella, 59, was acquitted on misdemeanor charges of sexual abuse and forcible touching stemming from an alleged incident in 2010.
"My client feels vindicated," Magrella's attorney John LoTurco told Patch following the verdict which came after a two-week trial in Nassau County District Court.
Magrella was arrested in April 2010 after a female student accused the professor, an instructor at the school since 1970, of engaging in "inappropriate sexual contact" with her when she came to his office to take a make-up test.
LoTurco said the student changed her story just before jury selection last year and told police she had been forcibly raped by Magrella rather than her initial statement detailing abuse and touching.
LoTurco said the jury was aware of the accuser's inconsistent statements and found her testimony to be incredible. Magrella was never charged with rape.
Magrella was placed on administrative leave with pay by Nassau County Community College following his arrest. He retired with a full pension and benefits in December 2011, LoTurco said.
LoTurco said Magrella may seek legal action against his accuser, the Nassau County Police Department and the Nassau County District Attorney's Office.