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Former Heritage teacher to enter plea in child molestation

CONYERS -- Former Heritage High School art teacher Leslie Howard Mosley Jr. is scheduled to enter a plea this week to criminal charges related to having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

In September, Mosley, who was 37 at the time of his arrest, of 1511 North Cheney Drive, Vidalia, pleaded not guilty to child molestation, two counts of aggravated child molestation and two counts of sexual assault by a person with supervisory or disciplinary authority. He previously lived in Covington.

He is scheduled to appear before Rockdale County Superior Court Judge Robert F. Mumford at 9 a.m. Thursday.

The Rockdale County Board of Education terminated Mosley in March 2012, along with reporting him to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and the Department of Family and Children Services. The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office arrested him in April after discovering his alleged relationship with a student.

After fellow students informed HHS Principal Greg Fowler of the alleged relationship in March, school administrators confronted him, and later Mosley admitted to law enforcement officers that he had a sexual relationship with the student.

Evidence showed that Mosley wrote the student notes, songs and electronic messages on Facebook and her cellphone from a time period when she was 15 to her age of 17 in March 2012, according to an RCPS investigation. They also created art and music together, Mosley said.

Mosley admitted to a sexual relationship with her after she was 16 years old, which is the age of consent in Georgia; however, law enforcement determined after an investigation that they had a relationship when she was as young as 15.

Mosley, who is being represented by attorney David LaMalva, has previously bonded out of jail. His bond was set at $50,000. In June, the PSC accepted Mosley's submitted voluntary surrender, and his teaching certificate for Georgia has been revoked.