Top Georgia educators arrested in teacher probe
Updated On: Apr 16 2014 09:48:47 PM EDT
The principal of McIntosh County Academy, along with the superintendent and assistant superintendent of schools failed to report sexual abuse of a student by high teacher Lori Quigley, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Quigley was arrested last month on three counts of sexual assault by a person in supervisory or discipline authority.
Principal Terrance Haywood was arrested Wednesday morning on school grounds, according to Maj. Danny Lowe with the McIntosh County Sheriff's Office. Haywood is accused of failing to report suspected child abuse to the Department of Child and Family Services, a misdemeanor. He is also charged with providing false verbal and written statements to the GBI, a felony.
One of Haywood's students was shocked to hear what had happened.
"He was a good man. He was my basketball coach my 11th grade year and then he got pushed to principal. It's a disgrace," said John Little, a student. "I wouldn't think this would happen at Mcintosh County Academy."
Arrest warrants were also issued for McIntosh County Board of Education Superintendent Tina Kirby and for Larry Day, assistant superintendent of facilities for the McIntosh County Board of Education.
Kirby was charged with failure to report suspected child abuse to DFACS, a misdemeanor. She is also charged with obstruction or hindering a law enforcement officer. The GBI told Channel 4 she had made arrangements to turn herself in by the end of the day.
Day, who turned himself in Wednesday, was charged with failure to report suspected child abuse to DFACS, a misdemeanor.
The allegations for Haywood, Kirby and Day are in connection with the ongoing child molestation case against Lori Quigley, a now-former math teacher at McIntosh Academy.
The board of education asked the Sheriff's Office to investigate Quigley's behavior due to rumors involving sexual activity between the math teacher and her students. The Sheriff's Office turned the case over to the GBI.
Quigley, 41, was then arrested on March 14 on three felony counts of sexual assault by a person with supervisory or discipline authority. Prosecutors say Quigley engaged in sexual acts with two students on multiple occasions between September 2013 and January of this year. One warrant said that "this act took place in the classroom of Lori Quigley at McIntosh County Academy."
The other two warrants accused Quigley of conducting similar acts with a different student on Oct. 25, 2013, at a Waffle House, and again on Jan. 16 in her classroom.
Quigley, who resigned from her teaching job on March 5, posted $50,000 bond and was released from McIntosh County jail on March 20.
The assistant principle is currently filling in for the principal, and the deputy superintendent is filling in as superintendent at Mcintosh Academy.
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