Former Gadsden Principal Found 'Not Guilty' Of Trespassing

By: Garin Flowers; Eyewitness News Email
By: Garin Flowers; Eyewitness News Email
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By: Garin Flowers
September 26, 2013

The past six months have not been easy for William Blitch.

"I was falsely accused. As I said earlier, from day one, the evidence proved that I was innocent."

He served as principal of Gadsden Central Academy in Quincy. That came to a halt when Quincy Police arrested him in April for disorderly intoxication, trespassing and resisting an officer.

"It's very stressful on me, not only on myself, but my family as well," he said.

Tuesday, a jury heard Blitch's case and after just 12 minutes, it returned with a not guilty verdict.

"It's one of the fastest verdicts I've ever gotten. The case was ridiculous from the get go," said Nate Prince, attorney for Blitch.

"There was no evidence to substantiate any of the charges against him."

Police believe Blitch was arguing with one of his neighbors that evening in April. They said Blitch was asked to leave his neighbor's home on Magnolia Avenue, but refused.

About half an hour later, police said they received a call that Blitch was at a home on Pine Avenue without permission. He was then arrested and the school district put him on administrative leave.

"It's been rough. I miss educating students in Gadsden County and hopefully I will soon be back," Blitch said.

No word yet on if he will get a job back in the Gadsden school district, but he's optimistic for the future.

"Well, you just brush yourself off and move on and leave it behind you."

A Gadsden schools spokesperson said Blitch's contract expired during his administrative leave and was not renewed. We are still waiting to hear if he will be brought back to the district and in what role.


According to the Gadsden County Clerk of Courts, William Blitch, the Gadsden County principal arrested back in April has been found not guilty of trespassing. The resisting arrest charge was dropped before trial.

The jury began deliberating at 6:20 p.m. and came back with a verdict at 6:32 p.m., just 12 minutes later.

Blitch was placed on administrative leave following the arrest, and as of right now, the status of his job is not clear.

Stay with WCTV for the latest updates and information on this story.


By: Mike Springer
April 11, 2013

Quincy, FL- A Gadsden County principal is on administrative leave after Quincy Police arrested him Wednesday night.

Police say William Blitch was arguing with one of his neighbors that evening. Police say Blitch was ask to leave his neighbor's home on Magnolia Avenue, but refused.

About 30 minutes later, police say they received a call that Blitch was at a home on Pine Ave without permission. He was then arrested.

Blitch is charged with trespassing and resisting arrest without violence. Both are misdemeanor charges.

Blitch was charged with disorderly intoxication. But a judge threw out the charge Thursday saying there wasn't any evidence to support it.

Blitch is the principal at Gadsden Central Academy. He has been placed on administrative leave by the district pending the outcome of the investigation.

Blitch returns to court May 14.


Gadsden County, FL - The disorderly intoxication charge has been dropped, against Blitch. He is still charged with trespassing, and resisting an officer, both are misdemeanors.

WCTV has a reporter in Gadsden County, and will bring you more on the story tonight on Eyewitness News.


Gadsden County, FL - William Blitch has been charged with disorderly intoxication, trespassing and resisting an officer.
Police say he'd gone to a neighbor's home who was having a social function, the neighbor asked him to leave and Blitch refused.

Police showed up and Blitch left the neighbor's home, but police then got a call that Blitch had gone to another neighbor's home.
Police say they arrested Blitch after he would not heed their warnings.
Officers say alcohol was a factor.

A Gadsden County Schools spokesperson says Blitch has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.


Gadsden County, FL - A Gadsden County School Principal is facing felony charges this afternoon.

William Blitch is the Principal at Gadsden Central Academy.

Blitch was arrested last night charged with disorderly intoxication, trespassing, and resisting an officer.

WCTV will bring you more information as it becomes available.


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