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School board member found not guilty after charged with giving alcohol to teen

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A Henderson County Board of Public Education member, charged last year after investigators said he gave alcohol to a minor, says he's been found not guilty on those charges.

The Henderson County Sheriff's Office said Michael Lee Absher was arrested in May 2017, faced a new charge in July of 2017.

Absher was arrested after investigators said he gave alcohol to a 15-year-old juvenile between November 2016 and January 2017.

The Henderson County Public Schools District confirmed Absher served on the school board but took a voluntary leave of absence during the investigation. His position has since been reinstated on the school board.

Deputies later confirmed Absher had turned himself in on a charge of communicating a threat. He was later released on a $1,000 secured bond. Deputies said he was ordered not to be near East Henderson High School or the victim in the incident.

On January 19, Absher told FOX Carolina that he'd been found not guilty on both charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and aiding and abetting. 

Absher said the charges stemmed from a minor who was kicked out of a transitional youth facility he operates.

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