Two former Savannah-Chatham school employees indicted by grand kury for child abuse

A Chatham County grand jury indicted two former Savannah Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) employees on May 1 on separate child abuse costs.

On May 1, Seward Hamilton was indicted for cruelty to kids within the first diploma. On Dec. 7, 2023, in accordance with the indictment, Hamilton “did maliciously cause” a child underneath the age of 18 years previous “cruel and excessive physical pain” by grabbing him and throwing him over his head, inflicting him to fall to the ground and injure his eye.

The alleged incident between Hamilton and the coed occurred at Building Bridges Middle School, Sheila Blanco, SCCPSS public data supervisor, confirmed through e mail.

“Upon gaining knowledge of the allegations in December 2023, an investigation was immediately initiated and the individual was reassigned to another position in the District where there would be no interaction with students,” stated Blanco.

“SCCPSS will take the appropriate next steps concerning Dr. Hamilton based on the outcome of the investigation and continues to cooperate fully with the arresting agency,” added Blanco. “This remains a preliminary investigation subject to change. No further comment can be made on the allegations as it involves a personnel matter.”

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Groves High particular schooling instructor charged with child molestation

On May 1, the grand jury additionally indicted Elliot Brown, a particular schooling paraprofessional at Groves High School, for prison try to commit a felony and child molestation.

According to the indictment, between Aug. 3, 2023 and Jan. 31, Brown “did knowingly and intentionally attempt to commit the crime of improper sexual contact” and made feedback a couple of feminine scholar’s physique “and what he wanted to do with [her] for the purpose of engaging in sexual intercourse.” Prosecutors additionally charged Brown with child molestation for allegedly touching the feminine scholar between her thighs.

In an e mail, Blanco stated that Brown had labored for the district since Nov. 12, 2013. The costs have been first reported to the district on Jan. 31 of this 12 months.

“Administrators took immediate action and Mr. Brown was reassigned to a location where he had no interaction with students while an investigation was conducted.  Mr. Brown submitted his resignation eight days later,” Blanco stated.

“The district takes any accusation of inappropriate conduct by an employee very seriously. The matter was reported to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and the administrative portion of the investigation was concluded,” added Blanco, who stated that any additional inquiries ought to be directed to the Chatham County District Attorney’s Office.

Drew Favakeh is a public security and courts reporter for the Savannah Morning News. You can attain him at [email protected].

This article initially appeared on Savannah Morning News: Two former Savannah-Chatham school employees indicted for child abuse

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