Court tosses sexual assault conviction of high school coach
ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia’s Supreme Court has ruled that a ban on teachers having sex with students doesn’t apply to a paraprofessional, and tossed out the sexual assault conviction of an ex-Cherokee County high school wrestling coach in a case involving a sophomore cheerleader.
Robert Leslie Morrow was convicted in Feb.2014 under a statute prohibiting teachers, principals and administrators from engaging in sexual conduct with students.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that in a unanimous decision announced Monday, the court found that the statute didn’t apply to Morrow because he was a paraprofessional. Morrow was sentenced to 240 days in detention and probation for 10 years.
The Supreme Court said that while Morrow had some “general” supervisory position at River Ridge High School he did not meet the specific criteria in the law.