Newton High coach faces sexting charges

COVINGTON -- A Newton High School assistant coach and paraprofessional has been arrested and charged with enticing a child for indecent purposes, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

James Levert Carter, 27, of 8215 Laurel Drive was arrested Oct. 29 following allegations made by the caretaker of a 15-year-old NHS student.

"She had discovered some sexually inappropriate text messages on the juvenile's iPod and she reported it to law enforcement," said NCSO Public Information Officer Deputy Courtney Morrison. "Our investigators did a thorough investigation and were able to retrieve messages from Carter's cell phone."

Morrison said the teen began receiving the messages in early October and they continued until the caregiver discovered them. She said there were multiple text messages.

Carter was an assistant boys basketball coach at NHS and served as a special education paraprofessional. According to Sherri Davis-Viniard, public relations director for Newton County School System, he was employed on Aug. 1, 2012, and terminated on Oct. 24.

In other crime news, a 64-year-old Conyers man is being held at Newton County Detention Center in connection with the sexual assault of a 4-year-old girl.

Joseph John Germani of 4920 Hall Road, Conyers, faces charges of child molestation; aggravated child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes.

NCSO investigators were contacted by Newton Medical Center on Oct. 9 after the mother of the child sought treatment.

"The complainant said her 4-year-old daughter made an outcry while she was giving her a bath. She took her to the hospital to be checked and law enforcement was notified. During a forensic interview, the 4-year-old did make a disclosure concerning Joseph Germani," Morrison said.

The suspect is known to the victim's family and she was left with him and another individual while the mother was out earlier in the day on Oct. 9.

Germani remains incarcerated with a $15,000 bond.