Spalding High teacher to stand trial for simple battery against female student

According to Spalding County Sheriff Wendell Beam, 36-year-old Joshua Akins, a Spalding High School teacher, has been arrested and charged with simple battery following a Dec. 1 incident involving a 15-year-old female student.

Authorities say the student initially filed a complaint of inappropriate conduct with the school principal alleging Akins had hit her with a bottle on her buttocks.

SHS Principal Derrell Jeffcoat notified the school resource officer of the allegation and an investigation was initiated

“Going by what was reported to us, he was holding the bottle and just kind of slapped her with it,” Beam said. “It took place during school hours – during regular class hours – and inside a classroom.”

Beam said the investigation indicated there appeared to be no sexual intent to Akins’ alleged actions.

“That’s why he was charged with simple battery instead of sexual battery,” he said.

Beam also said the investigation revealed no other complaints lodged against Akins.

Officials say a warrant was issued for Akins’ arrest. Upon learning of this warrant, Akins turned himself in to the Sheriff’s officials and was later released on $706.75 bond.

A preliminary hearing was later conducted in State Court which resulted in Akins being bound over to stand trial on a single count of simple battery, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of 12 months imprisonment in the country jail, a $1,000 fine or both.

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