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Georgia Supreme Court Clears Former River Ridge Teacher

The Georgia Supreme Court has reversed a lower court's refusal to drop criminal charges brought against former teacher Kristin May for failing to report suspected child abuse.

Credit: Patch
Credit: Patch
The Georgia Supreme Court has reversed a lower court's refusal to drop charges against a former River Ridge High School teacher who was convicted for not notifying authorities of a sexual relationship a co-worker had with a student.

The court on Monday issued the ruling, penned by Justice Keith Blackwell, which exonerated former teacher Kristin May, who was arrested in 2011 for failing to report that former paraprofessional and wrestling coach Robert Leslie Morrow had a sexual relationship with a student. 

The court ruled Georgia law requires "school teachers and other reporters only have an obligation to report the abuse of children to whom they attend in connection with the profession, occupation, employment, or volunteer work."

Morrow was sentenced to 10 years in March after a jury convicted him of sexual assault by a person with supervisory and disciplinary authority.

Specifically, he was directed to serve 240 behind bars and the rest on probation as a sex offender. 

Morrow in August 2011 was arrested by the Woodstock Police Department after the agency learned the former coach had sex with a student in 2010. 

The student told police the incident took place inside Morrow's vehicle in a business park inside the River Park subdivision.

The student also told the former teacher of the incident, but May did not report the incident to authorities. However, by the time the student reported the incident to May, she was no longer a student at River Ridge. 

After an internal investigation, both Morrow and May eventually resigned in 2011 from the Cherokee County School District.

Barry Hixson of the Cherokee County Solicitor General's Office, which prosecuted May for the offense, noted the ruling was a "disappointment to the state." 

"However, the construction of these type statutes is understandably difficult and challenging, and the ruling does provide us with a measure of guidance for any similar cases that might arise in the future," he added. 
lynnivst July 03, 2014 at 08:08 AM
Justice FINALLY!!! Best teacher ever
People are Crazy July 03, 2014 at 09:04 AM
Sure, best teacher ever. Didn't care enough that a child was molested to even report it.
Stephen Woodworth July 03, 2014 at 12:09 PM
Hixson added, "Oh, yeah. And I'm sorry for ruining her life - because I am unable to comprehend what I read. Four years of college and three years of law school down the drain!"
Rachel Rhodes July 04, 2014 at 09:49 PM
ok.. i know the teacher in question and she is one of the best teachers that i have ever had. and what might have been skipped over is the fact that the student that this happened to tell said teacher after she left said school, so by Georgia law the teacher was no longer connected to the student. the teacher is only human. she was probably wrapped up in whatever she was doing. im sure that more than half of you have been talked to when you are completely focused on something else and the person that is talking to you will be saying something then leave and you dont even know what they were saying. so who are you to judge another human being that probably didnt even know what was being said to her until much later?

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