A former middle school teacher convicted on assault charges involving a student was scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday, May 1 in court.
Instead, Jeremy Pohlman submitted a motion to relieve his attorney of his duties.
Pohlman was found guilty for two counts of indecent liberties with a minor and two counts of assault and battery, occurring while maintaining custodial or supervisory role over a child.
The Roanoke Commonwealth's Attorney said both of the alleged incidents happened at Stonewall Jackson Middle School in December 2016 and Pohlman is accused of touching students inappropriately.
He told the judge on Tuesday that he believes his attorney, Robert Rider, has dementia or Alzheimer's.
A judge then granted him a public defender.
More on this story HERE from ABC-13 WSET.