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Second ex-MCSD substitute teacher arrested this week for alleged crimes at school

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A second person this week has been arrested for alleged crimes while working as a Muscogee County School District substitute teacher.

Victoria Jane Cothran, 52, was arrested Thursday and charged with simple battery and criminal trespass, according to a news release from the Columbus Police Department.

MCSD announced in a news release Friday afternoon that Cothran resigned Thursday.

A police officer confirmed to the Ledger-Enquirer that Cothran’s charges stem from a confrontation with a student at Midland Middle School. Cothran also is a former deputy in the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office and worked as a security officer for the district.

Alexander Letwond White, 35, was arrested Tuesday and charged with sexual assault of a person in custody, child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes while working as a substitute teacher at Hardaway High School. MCSD fired him Tuesday.

Ledger-Enquirer staff writer Mark Rice covers education and other issues related to youth. He also writes feature stories about any compelling topic. He has been reporting in Columbus and the Chattahoochee Valley for more than a quarter-century. He welcomes your local news tips and questions.


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