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Mosely sets Davis suspension at 12 days

Dougherty County School Board Chairperson Carol Tharin and Interim Superintendent Butch Mosley are shown just before the Board went into executive session Wednesday to discuss personnel changes Mosely has in mind in regard to employee contract renewals for the 2013-14 school year.

Dougherty County School Board Chairperson Carol Tharin and Interim Superintendent Butch Mosley are shown just before the Board went into executive session Wednesday to discuss personnel changes Mosely has in mind in regard to employee contract renewals for the 2013-14 school year.

ALBANY, Ga. -- After "sleeping" on his decision for 48 hours, Dougherty County School System interim Superintendent Butch Mosely said Wednesday that South Georgia Regional Achievement Center Principal John I. Davis will be suspended without pay for 12 day for a violation of system policy.

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John Davis

Davis, who has been the SGRAC principal for the past seven years, failed to run a criminal background check on school volunteer Grady Alexander O'Neal, 33, who was arrested last week and charged with three counts of molesting a 14-year-old female SGRAC student.

Following a complaint by the student, an investigation by Dougherty County School System Police Investigator J.C. Phillips revealed O'Neal had a large file of previous criminal activity, including convictions for statutory rape and felony stalking.

County school system policy requires that all school volunteers undergo a criminal background check before being allowed to work at the district's schools.

O'Neal is currently being held without bond in the Dougherty County Jail.

Comments

erock 11 months, 4 weeks ago

The only position Mr. Davis should have within the DCSS is at best, a janitorial position. Upon his return, I would arrange a meeting and inform him of his new position. Odds are he will quit. He can't sue the school board if he does happen to quit. I may not fire him, but I would certainly make the remainder of his career very miserable. Personally, I think this is a mere slap on the wrist and sends a wrong message to an already troubled school system. If I were the parents of the child in question, you're decision Mr. Mosely would have sealed my decision to proceed with a lawsuit against the DCSS.

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waltspecht 11 months, 3 weeks ago

12 days without pay for placing the Students at risk for their personal safety? Seems rather mild for the nature of the offense.

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rightasrain 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Don't forget folks...the rule is that when the "Interim Sheriff" leaves town, life as it was, simply returns.

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gotanyfacts 11 months, 3 weeks ago

I have to ask those seeking the maximum penalty for Dr. Davis if it matters whether the failure was the result of an error during the procedure of conducting the background check and communicating its progress, or a decision made knowing the check had not been properly conducted. While he is ultimately responsible, the degree to which he should be held accountable should reflect the part his actions, or inactions, played in the situation. It would be interesting to know the steps required by board policy and who is expected to carry them out. I suppose it's written somewhere. (Terry?)

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Terry.Lewis 11 months, 3 weeks ago

We have a copy of the policy and procedures required.

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Thurman 11 months, 3 weeks ago

From the previous news articles it appears that Mr. Davis did not do a background check on Mr. O'Neal. This is different than an error during the background check or not properly conducting a background check. It appears that Mr. Davis just did not do a background check, which is DCSS policy, rather than conducting it improperly in any manner. Yes I agree, that the punishment is lenient in regards to the crime. A lawsuit agains the DCSS and possible criminal prosecution against Mr. O'Neal are certainly possible consequences of this situation.

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hotdog 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Made a mistake...could have been worse...thankful its not....since it wasnt, feel punishment was firm and fair...If he had a history of foul ups I could see a more severe penalty

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bigbob 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Ya hotdog know big deal, it will only cost taxpayers about a cool million for this time probably. Oh well if you live in agony your used to wasting your taxes on useless people.

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MRKIA 11 months, 3 weeks ago

I SECOND THAT EMOTION. NO NEED TO DESTROY THE MAN IN THIS CASE.

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VSU 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Well, at least it was 12 days without pay. If Mr. Bowtie man had been there, he probably would not have been suspended at all, or he would have suspended him 12 days with pay.

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FryarTuk 11 months, 3 weeks ago

If this incident ever makes it to litigation it could be stunning court room work.

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spookj6 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Albany's Finest are at it again, like I stated earlier some of Albany's Finest got arrested but minimum coverage. Now that they have their fox in the hen house everything is ok, but I give U 6 months watch the resignations and ship jumping began. Who will yall blame then.

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