TAMPA, Fla. - Two Hillsborough County educators accused of child abuse will return to the district after their charges were dropped.

Michael Hoskinson, the former principal of Coleman Middle School, and his wife Kimberly, formerly a teacher at Plant High School, both resigned following their arrests in November.

What started as an argument with a family member turned physical when Kimberly Hoskinson pushed the victim and Michael Hoskinson punched the victim twice in the ribs, investigators said at the time.

"The Tampa Police Department made arrests in the Hoskinson case based on probable cause and in the interest of protecting a victim," the department said in a statement. "As is standard in such cases, the investigation continued after the arrest. As a result of that thorough investigation new information came to light, which resulted in the actions announced by the State Attorneys Office today."

The Hoskinsons, who were silent as they wiped tears from their eyes during a Monday afternoon press conference, will meet with district officials within the next few days to determine their future positions.

"The district is sensitive to everything the Hoskinsons have gone through," Hillsborough schools said in a statement. "Their positions with the district have not been determined at this time."

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