A judge has dismissed a misdemeanor prostitution solicitation charge filed against the former athletic director of a Woodland Hills high school, authorities said Wednesday.
Los Angeles police officers arrested David Siedelman in May after they said he solicited sex from an undercover police officer posing as an employee of a Tarzana massage parlor. Siedelman, who had been arrested on suspicion of a similar offense in 1993, was reassigned from his job as athletic director at El Camino Real High School after his May arrest.
The case was scheduled to go to trial last week in the Van Nuys courthouse, but Superior Court Judge Frank J. Johnson dismissed the case because the prosecution did not have a key witness -- the officer whom Siedelman allegedly solicited -- in the courtroom and available to testify.
"We had the undercover officer on call to appear in court within two hours. The decision was made not to wait, and the case was dropped over the city attorney's objections," said Eric Moses, spokesman for City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo.