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GREAT FALLS — The Cascade County Attorney's Office has moved to dismiss charges against a former Great Falls teacher's aide accused of abusing a 13-year-old autistic boy in a special education class.

Julie Ann Parish was charged in 2009 with felony assault on a minor and with a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of children. The Great Falls Tribune reports Deputy County Attorney Kory Larsen filed a motion to dismiss the charges Tuesday. The request still needs the approval of District Judge Kenneth Neill.

The motion calls for the dismissal as part of a deferred prosecution agreement, and the charges would be dismissed without prejudice, meaning they could be refiled.

Parish and co-defendant Kristina Marie Kallies were accused of placing the boy's head under running water when he dozed off in class at North Middle School. Both denied the charges, and the case against Kallies has already been dismissed.

Larsen says the County Attorney's Office decided prosecutors didn't have the evidence to try the women in court.

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