A Troup County elementary school teacher has been arrested and charged with aggravated child molestation, child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes.
Elizabeth Gaddy, a seventh-grade teacher at Callaway Middle School, was put on administrative leave on Nov. 20 after parents came forward with concerns about her professional conduct, said Catherine Holmes, director of public relations for the Troup County School System.
The school launched an internal investigation, but at the time no allegations of sexual misconduct had been made to school officials.
A criminal investigation conducted by the Troup County Sheriff’s Office was prompted by direct complaints from parents.
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That investigation led to the charges.
“We are deeply saddened by this situation,” Edwin Smith, superintendent of Troup County Schools, said in a news release. “As educators, we have a solemn responsibility to look out for the safety and welfare of our students. Anything less is in direct contrast to our mission and purpose. The Board of Education has been informed and will follow due process based on the outcome of these charges.”