RANCHO CUCAMONGA -- A judge recently granted a request to exonerate the bail bond and cancel further court appearances for the former high school principal accused of having a sexual relationship with a student.
Brian Joseph, 38, who resigned from his position as a principal at Etiwanda High School last year, was in court last week with his lawyer to address the fact that charges in the case have not yet been filed.
Joseph was taken into custody in October on accusations of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. He was booked at the Central Detention Center in San Bernardino and released on bail.
Since then, Joseph has appeared in court four times for an arraignment, according to court records. But, each time, there was no complaint filed and no district attorney present.
Judge Stanford E. Reichert absolved Joseph's bond on Tuesday. Court records say the case is closed.
Calls and emails to Joseph's lawyer were not returned.
Law enforcement officials said the case has not been dismissed and investigators are looking into the accusations.
"The investigation is ongoing," said Jodi Miller, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. "When the investigation is complete it will be forwarded to the District Attorney for review. "
The District Attorney's Office has up to three years from the date of the offense to file charges, officials said.
Joseph, a resident of Corona, and a student allegedly started a sexual relationship when she was a minor and attending Etiwanda High. The girl is now 18 and no longer attends the school.
Chaffey Joint Union School District officials said they contacted the Sheriff's Department about the suspected relationship after they received an anonymous tip.
Joseph is married and worked for the district for nine years.
The sheriff's Crimes Against Children Detail arrested Joseph in late October.