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Alcovy student faces molestation charges involving incident at after school program

COVINGTON -- A student in the Alcovy High School after school program is being held without bond in the Newton County Detention Center on child molestation charges involving an incident that occurred at the school.

John Edmond McCammon, 17, of 230 Glynshire Court, faces charges of child molestation and aggravated child molestation involving a 15-year-old girl.

According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Deputy Cortney Morrison, the incident occurred on April 11, between 4:30 and 6 p.m., but was not reported until April 16. At that time two female witnesses, ages 14 and 16, told a teacher about the incident. She alerted school administrators, who, in turn, notified the school resource officer.

"The 17-year-old student inappropriately touched a female student and exposed himself as well," Morrison said. "They were in one of the classrooms watching a movie that the teacher had turned on with the lights off."

Morrison said the two students who reported the incident were in the process of getting their book bags when they saw what was taking place.

"The school resource officer conducted an investigation and she obtained probable cause to make an arrest," Morrison said.

Sherri Davis Viniard, director of public relations for Newton County School System, said the teacher was in the classroom at the time of the incident, but noted that the lights were off to facilitate the viewing of the video.

"This is most definitely inappropriate behavior and disciplinary action is pending (against the students involved)," she said.

Comments

John 1 year ago

I would suggest someone go to that classroom right now between 4:30 PM & 6:00 PM and turnout all the light, close the blinds, classroom door and play the video on the classroom TV monitor see how much available light there is. My guess there is plenty of available light from the hallway lights coming through the window in the classroom door, from the monitor screen and from around the closed blinds to observe all 4 corners of the classroom.

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deathtotaxes 12 months ago

My guess that there is more to this story than what is being reported.

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oxfordmom 12 months ago

A very similar incident happened to my daughter when she was in the third grade. The school system did nothing about the incident because of their ages. We are no longer in the NCSS. My daughter is now 17 years old. Could it be the same perpetrator?

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TeacherMan 12 months ago

This is not the only thing going on at Alcovy High this week. Teachers were struck and hurt and one was out of work. Do you think NCSS cares a darn about this? No. I contacted the board member and still have not heard back. I think even the board members cannot support NCSS any longer because of the blatant failure. We never see anyone from the central office at Alcovy any more we are way out here in the field near another county. We have been written off. It will take a class action lawsuit against NCSS, the Newton BOE and the NCSS Human Resources Department to make this a national stage issue. The damage done to the children of Newton County based on bad hiring practices is horrific and I hope past and presently leaving teachers find an attorney to take this on and do Open Records and depose board members because they know a whole lot to share as do the many assistant principals and counselors who were run off. If there is a hungry lawyer out there who wants to make education work for children and stand up for teachers this is the place to make your mark.

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