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Dougherty High teacher charged with sexual contact with student

Dornicia Johnson

Dornicia Johnson

ALBANY — A second-year math teacher at Dougherty High School was arrested Friday morning after being charged with having sexual contact with a student.

Dornicia Johnson, 26, turned herself in after being charged by Dougherty County School Police in an alleged incident which occurred near Dougherty High.

Johnson appeared at a bond hearing Friday morning before Dougherty County Magistrate Court Chief Judge Baxter Howell who set bond at $1,500. Johnson was released on bond later in the day.

A release from DCSS Public Information Director R.D. Harter stated:

“The Dougherty County School System has no tolerance for illegal and unethical behavior of staff members. The incident has been reported to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and the teacher will face administrative and criminal action. She has not been allowed to return to a school system campus since evidence for the incident was discovered.”

Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely suspended Johnson on Monday. She said Tuesday she intended to tender her resignation from the DCSS.

A source within the system familiar with the case said the alleged victim was an 18-year-old male whom Johnson encountered during summer school.

“The thing is the boy is 18 and there wouldn’t have been a problem had she not been a teacher and him a student,” the source said.

The Herald is still awaiting a copy if the DCSS Police Department’s incident report