Cartersville High Teacher Accused of Inappropriately Touching Student

Cartersville Police Department is investigating a complaint of incidents that allegedly occurred from Oct. 15 to Nov. 8.

Updated 3:45 p.m.

Principal Steven Butler told police he received a complaint Thursday about 10:30 a.m. from a female student, who is a juvenile and said she had been inappropriately touched by a male teacher, according to the CPD incident report, attached to this article.

Butler notified police Friday morning about 9:30 that the girl had reported "several occasions" of inappropriate touching by the teacher that she said occurred during class on campus at the high school.

Capt. Mark Camp said the juvenile girl is age 16 or younger.

Original Report

Cartersville police are investigating a complaint involving a Cartersville High School teacher who has been accused of inappropriate contact with a student, according to the press release. 

The alleged incidents occurred from Oct. 15 to Nov. 8 and the teacher has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation by the both the city school system and the police department.

"The principle launched an investigation into this matter immediately upon being notified by the victim," Chief Tommy Culpepper said in a statement. "We are cooperating with the school system in the investigation. 

"Due to the age of the victim and the fact that at this time the teacher is only considered to be a suspect, no further information is being released."

The investigation is continuing, police say.

Christina November 14, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Ok, so we will use the legal term, alleged victim.
Jerry Garcia November 14, 2012 at 11:47 PM
I didn't say it was, that is what is known as a "straw man" argument. I said the Cartersville Police had to go before him on the matters he does have jurisdiction over that puts them in a difficult position if not a compromising one. Here: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/south_bay&id=8874354 is a story in the San Jose newspaper where a principal was convicted of just this behavior. The quote from the Ass't District Attorney was, "She needed to be held accountable, and we needed to send a message to the rest of the mandatory reporters in our community that their obligation is to report, not to investigate," School administrators are not authorized to carry out criminal investigations, they are mandatory reporters NOT INVESTIGATORS, do I repeat myself? It is the " appearance of impartiality that is important, if not the impartiality, re: the smell test -this one doesn't pass either. Obviously, if the Cartersville police are "cooperating" with the school administrations investigation not leading something is horribly wrong in Cartersville. Go figure this is how it works all over the country including Georgia. A third party should be brought in at this point because this case has been compromised by this behavior. I would suggest the Bartow County Sheriff's office or GBI, someone who would be willing to conduct and lead their own impartial investigation, not "cooperate" with school administrator's investigation.
Kay Dillard November 16, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Whatever the verbiage, I appreciate the fact that school personnel and law enforcement are working cooperatively to determine the facts and carry through with appropriate action.
Jerry Garcia November 16, 2012 at 07:39 PM
There is a difference between "cooperation" and collaboration. I have heard of cases where Cartersville School Administrators DID NOT REPORT suspected Child abuse or not in a 24 hr period as required by law and the Cartersville police IGNORED these illegal "lapses" in what the law requires as did the school board. Sorry, I have difficulty appreciating illegal behavior be it by the police, School administrators, School Boards, or individuals.
Nea December 05, 2012 at 05:21 PM
honestly speaking......something doesn't go on for weeks.......before it becomes inappropriate touching. IF she didn't report it the very first time, it makes me very suspicious of her motives. I was once a 14/15/16 year old girl, and believe ME if she was flirting with him, or in any way leading him on, then she should be ashamed of herself. And if she didn't, then she should have reported him right away. You say the alleged abuse was between Oct 15 to Nov 8......that is three weeks, it took her three weeks to decide she was touched inappropriately, pallllllllease.....give me a break. Once a teacher has been accused you can't take it back, I sure hope they look at this thing from all angles.......


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