Crime

Sheriff: Ex-Manchester High teacher charged with sexual assault on student

TIM CHITWOOD

tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.com

A former Manchester High School teacher has been charged with sexually assaulting a student, Sheriff Chuck Smith announced Tuesday.

Brandon Christopher Scholz, 30, is charged with sexual assault of a student and criminal attempt to commit a misdemeanor, Smith said. Scholz, who had left the county after being relieved of his duties by the Meriwether school board, was detained by the Cobb County Police Department at the intersection of Villa Rica Road and Mackland Road before Meriwether deputies took custody of him in Cobb County on Jan. 9, authorities said.

“During the 2014-2015 school year our School Resource Division received information from a concerned parent that made allegations of inappropriate contact between a teacher and a student at Manchester High School,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a news release. “After multiple interviews with current and former students along with the collection of electronic records the evidence in this matter was submitted to the Meriwether County grand jury.”

The grand jury indicted Scholz on Aug. 20, authorizing the sheriff and GBI to issue orders for his arrest. By then he was living at Oakleigh Manor Court in Powder Springs, authorities said.

Scholz is being held without bond in the Meriwether County Jail.

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