The Fourth of July holiday is usually filled with sun, fun and good times for many Gwinnett residents. However, an alleged incident is making residents uneasy as a Gwinnett county teacher has been charged with battery and charges related to sexual assault in an underage girl. It happened at a nearby lake by Lanier Islands on the fourth of July. According to the complaint, the girl was allegedly bitten on the buttocks while swimming in the area by the accused. He is currently being held on bond over $6000 at the Hall County Jail.
According to complaints, the man was visibly intoxicated at the time of the incident. It’s concerning that this man is employed in the Gwinnett county school system as a teacher at Snellville Middle School. He also has a previous record including DUI and marijuana possession. Both of these aspects could have an impact on his future, both with the law and with his line of work. Officially he has been charged with battery, felony second-degree cruelty to a child, public drunkenness and sexual battery against a child under the age of 16.
It is a bit of a strange story, as the man is accused of the crimes above when he “swam under the water and bit the girl” while she was playing in the lake by Lanier Islands. There could very well be more to the story, as the crime was reported by people who witnessed it. Beyond the law, the school board has opened an investigation into the incident and the man accused. He has been employed with the school since 2016. The outcome of the criminal accusations will certainly have a big impact on his future and his career.
Every person accused of a crime has the right to build a criminal defense. A quality criminal defense tells the accused’s side of the story and likely will have a different version of the truth than that of the prosecution. The potential for long-term consequence with such allegations is enormous. Some can be avoided, and some, like reputation around town, cannot always be helped after such allegations surface.