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Ex-teacher found not guilty on indecent liberties charges

Posted July 14, 2010

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— A Wake County jury found a former first-grade teacher not guilty Wednesday of accusations that he kissed and fondled a 7-year-old girl while she was his student.

George Johnson, 61, denied any wrongdoing in the case, saying the girl, who attended Wakelon Elementary School in Zebulon, had a history of lying.

Johnson was arrested last July on two counts each of taking indecent liberties with a child and indecent liberties with a student by a teacher – charges that could have put him in jail for a maximum of 56 months. He resigned from his job a month later.

The charges stem from two incidents in May 2009, where Johnson was accused of having improper contact with the girl while at school.

Prosecutors argued the girl had no reason to lie and contended that Johnson treated her differently than other students and gave her gifts.

"He had told her it was their secret," Wake County Assistant District Attorney Melanie Shekita said. "She was his girl."

But Johnson's defense attorney disputed the claims and presented testimony from Johnson in which he said he had caught her lying in class on different occasions.

"She's deceitful, dishonest," attorney Duncan McMillan said. "She craves attention."

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  • leo-nc Jul 15, 2010

    "This guy/teacher will get his reputation back."---

    Not anywhere around here, he won't. He may with some, or even most. But may will still always have doubts.

  • wildcat Jul 15, 2010

    This guy will never get his reputation back.

    This guy/teacher will get his reputation back. The girl will always be looked upon as a liar. She will have to prove herself now.

  • wildcat Jul 15, 2010

    Pray for this child. I am glad the results was in favor of this teacher. All teachers, keep your hands to yourself so you will not find yourself in the same position. The ending results may not come out in your favor.

  • Lickad Jul 15, 2010

    Every time a child makes an accusation, people get all up in arms and no due diligence takes place. This guy will never get his reputation back.

  • soyousay Jul 15, 2010

    ...but if he's of good character, it won't matter to them and they'll come to their own conclusions.
    JAT

    how refreshingly niave

  • leo-nc Jul 15, 2010

    "This sounds like a "Little Rascal Day Care" situation to me!!!! But why is a 60 year old man teaching 1st grade??? Sounds a little weird to me."----

    Why is that weird? Gimmie a break.

  • IAMAmerican Jul 15, 2010

    Poor Guy! I wonder if he'll be able to get another teaching job, probably doesn't want to now.

  • ConcernedNCC Jul 15, 2010

    "Prosecutors argued the girl had no reason to lie" ...Kids lie all the time to get attention or to escape attention. That's the age that they learn how to do it right. I'm not saying whether she did or didn't, I'm just saying that the above statement is crazy.

  • JAT Jul 15, 2010

    ...but if he's of good character, it won't matter to them and they'll come to their own conclusions.

  • JAT Jul 15, 2010

    Sure, kids can be coached to lie, but most of them tell the truth. I wonder if they put the kid on the stand. Did he indeed buy her gifts?

    And to those who think we shouldn't know people's names until they're tried and proven guilty, what about the public safey? Letting people know that someone has been arrested and accused of any serious crimes lets the public know that (1) if they know anything about the person, they should come forward and (2) they should be wary of the person if they see him or her. I personally want to know if someone has been accused and arrested of murder. I want that information. Most of the time, I may not NEED it, but in that one case where it might allow me to make my family safer and protect them, I'd want it. None of us on here would even recognize this man if we saw him at the grocery store; none of us will remember his name in 2 weeks. Sure, some people who know him will remember what he was accused of but if he's of good character...

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