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Remaining Charge Against Ex-Daycare Worker Dropped

February 18, 1988

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ A judge Wednesday dismissed the last of 11 child-molestation charges against a former daycare worker at the Presidio Army base.

U.S. District William Schwarzer dismissed the charge after the U.S. Attorney’s office learned that the parents of the alleged victim no longer were willing to participate in the trial set for April 4.

U.S. Attorney Joseph Russoniello said investigators will continue examining evidence in the case involving Gary Hambright, 34.

Last week, two federal prosecutors promised to seek new indictments against Hambright after Schwarzer dismissed six charges because of vagueness. Earlier, he dismissed four charges, ruling the evidence was vague and unsubstantiated.

Hambright had faced as many as 11 molestation charges involving 10 children.

He was first indicted in December 1986 on charges of molesting a 2-year-old at the daycare center, but was freed when the boy was found incapable of testifying.

Hambright’s case has been presented to a grand jury twice

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