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Ga. teacher sex probe indicts other school officials

Thursday, May 22, 2014 7:42 AM
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DARIEN, Ga. -- A McIntosh County grand jury has indicted the county school superintendent, one of her assistants and the McIntosh Academy high school principal on misdemeanor charges of failure to report child abuse.



The indictments returned late Tuesday in open court also charge Superintendent Tina Kirby with obstructing an officer and McIntosh Academy Principal Terrance Haywood with making a false statement to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation special agent, the only felony among the charges. Assistant Superintendent Larry Day is charged only with failure to report child abuse.

The charges arose from the March arrest of former McIntosh Academy math teacher Lori Carmichael Quigley, 41, on three counts of sexual assault on a person under supervision or discipline. Quigley is accused of having sex with three male students, all older than 16, twice on school property and once in a car in a Waffle House parking lot beside Interstate 95.

After arresting Quigley, the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Office asked the GBI to investigate school officials’ conduct in the investigation. After completing its investigation, the GBI obtained warrants for Kirby, Day and Haywood and arrested them in mid April.

The indictment says that between Sept. 25 and March 7, all three school officials “knowingly and willfully” failed to inform law enforcement officers of allegations of child abuse by Quigley.

The indictment says that between Nov. 1 and Feb. 27, Kirby obstructed school police officer Daniel Lodise from carrying out his official duties by preventing him from investigating the allegations against Quigley.

The indictment accuses Haywood of making a false statement on March 20 to GBI Special Agent Lindsay P. Smith as she investigated whether he had known of the allegations against Quigley and failed to report them.

Haywood knew of the allegations against Quigley before the Sheriff’s Office began investigating on March 7, but he told Smith he had not known until that date, the indictment says.

Kirby’s lawyer was in court Wednesday morning and could not be reached for comment.

School board Chairman Bonnie Caldwell had sought to suspend Kirby but the other school board members declined to second her motion.

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nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/22/14 - 07:46 am
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OBTW:

The Burke Co. investigation is only just starting...

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 05/22/14 - 08:06 am
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Well, You Can Bet

Well, you can bet that the three guys were not going say anything. They were too busy grinning, to be talking. The newly arrested are probably toast.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 05/22/14 - 08:23 am
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OFFICIALS
Unpublished

With school officials like this it's no wonder todays schools are so dysfunctional.

bright idea
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bright idea 05/22/14 - 09:38 am
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Lots of confusion

on these many cases. Anybody out to get a teacher could start a rumor. If the principal does not report the rumor to the cops the principal has broken the law. It is not the principal's job or the school system's job to investigate, just to report. This is where school administrators are messing up. Save your hide, REPORT THE RUMORS to the law. Yes the teacher will be ruined even if it is just a rumor. All of this is collateral damage from the mandated reporter law.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/22/14 - 09:59 am
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I reserve judgment until I

I reserve judgment until I see what she looks like.

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 05/22/14 - 11:59 am
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@ RM1

Just Google her name. Her mugshot is not flattering, but she appears to clean up "fair".

Young Fred
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Young Fred 05/23/14 - 01:29 am
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I don't know

what's in the water now-a-days. Actually I do, the culture, pop culture and the media.

We think we're immune to it, but we aren't, neither are our children.

There's only so much sewage we can consume before the less resistant among us starts becoming ill!

corgimom
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corgimom 05/23/14 - 05:41 am
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Young Fred, this isn't

Young Fred, this isn't anything new.

I had a high school teacher that eventually went to prison for molesting 2 8th grade girls, and that was 40+ years ago.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 05/23/14 - 06:14 am
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Does seem an epidemic

Seems we can't go a week without this happening.......and that's just in the areas the AC covers. Something has changed. There is no doubt about that.

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