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Assistant principal's certifcation pulled

ALBANY, Ga. — Monroe High School Assistant Principal Joey James' teaching certifications have been revoked by the State Professional Standards Commission and he faces a termination hearing before the Dougherty County School Board on Wednesday.

James' problem stems from two misdemeanor sexual battery charges filed against him in regard to several incidents allegedly involving a paraprofessional in 2011 while he was the principal at Southside Middle School.

His trial in June 2012 ended in a mistrial when State Court Judge John Salter ruled on improper testimony from the victim. A new trial date has not been set.

Since then James has been suspended with pay twice and is currently serving an unpaid suspension which began last month after the PSC's decision was announced.

In March 2011, the paraprofessional accused James of a pattern of improper conduct and then attempting to cover up his behavior.

According to a copy of the PSC ruling obtained by The Albany Herald, the accuser testified that James walked behind her and while instructing her how to complete a referral form, "brushed his groin against her buttocks and reached around and grabbed her right breast." At that point, she said, she elbowed James in the stomach and left his office.

Former school superintendent Joshua Murfree was then notified and he brought in DCSS Police Assistant Chief J.C. Phillips, who conducted an investigation of the allegations against James. James was later charged with misdemeanor sexual battery.

The PSC, in a Nov. 16 ruling, found that James had violated two provisions of the Code of Ethics for Educators by engaging in "unprofessional conduct" and Administrative Law Judge Stephanie Howells found that revocation of James' certificates was appropriate.

He appealed the revocation, but on Dec. 6 the PSC upheld Howells' decision.

James' attorney, Chris West, of Moultrie, then filed a request for a stay of the PSC's revocation decision. That hearing is scheduled to be held before Dougherty Superior Court Judge Willie Lockett on Feb. 7.

James currently has no teaching certifications. Last week, the Dougherty County Sschool System sent him a termination letter and scheduled the hearing before the School Board for Wednesday at Turner Elementary School.

James still has the two sexual battery charges pending. In addition, Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards said Wednesday he has not decided whether to file charges against James for his actions in breaking up of a fight last month between two female students in the Monroe High cafeteria. A video of that incident has been posted online.the same Monroe administrator who garnered headlines for forcefully yanking two students apart during a fight on camera.

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Comments

Sister_Ruby 1 year, 10 months ago

I hope the DCSB has the right mindset now (after this past November elections) to take appropriate action. I wonder who will not show up for this next meeting when the hearing happens? You know..........so they can create a flimsy excuse not to take a stand when voting time comes about what to do with this clown.

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dickyboy 1 year, 10 months ago

Wonder if he's kin to Dan James who had a similar problems at the same school a few years back..

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MRKIA 1 year, 10 months ago

I WONDERED WHAT HAPPEN TO JOEY JAMES IN THE WAKE OF THE SEX BATTERY MISTRIAL. THIS MAN, BY HIS OWN DEVICE, HAS DESTROYED HIS CAREER IN THE EDUCATION BUSINESS. I'M SURE THE DCSS WILL SEND THIS LIABILITY PACKING PROMPTLY SHORT OF ANY LEGAL OR POLICY RESTRICTIONS. BTW: ANYONE KNOW THE STATUS OF THE CASE OF THE HIGH SCHOOL COACH I BELIEVE AT WESTOVER AND A STUDENT?

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RedEric 1 year, 10 months ago

Also, whatever happened to that woman who worked for Phoebe, stole over a million from patients income tax returns and was also on welfare under the name Green?

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 10 months ago

You never hear what happens........maybe nothing ever happens. What happened to the Chambers guy who sold cars and didn't pay State taxes for years?

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FryarTuk 1 year, 10 months ago

The same that happened to the Camilla pharmacist that was convicted of 69 counts of medicaid fraud in Judge Sands court. Nothing. Still walking the street after stealing millions of taxpayers dollars.

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DCSSTeacher 1 year, 10 months ago

If you paid attention, you'd remember that the last WHS coach to have inappropriate relations with a student was removed from his position immediately. There was too much evidence against him. Coach Chunn doesn't tolerate such conduct and he's known all over the system for it. I just wish the leaders in my building would take some of his initiative.

Interestingly enough, that same coach had nepotistic connections to a former Curriculum Director who is also no longer employed by DCSS. Karma is a beautiful thing.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 10 months ago

Based on the video, I think the Atlanta Falcons should hire him to play defense.

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pocketdoc 1 year, 10 months ago

Can educators get some help when they make a mistake! Why can't they be sent to rehab when they do something wrong! Why are they held at higher standards than other people. Taking an educator's certificate is very harsh!! I feel they should be disciplined, but having his/her certificate revoked is too harsh of a punishment. Companies and industries take care of their employees as long as the crime is not too severe. Please give educators a break and stop condemning them and judging them!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 10 months ago

Wow, do you attend the Church of the Apostasy? 'Cause it sounds like it.

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sowegap 1 year, 10 months ago

They sign an oath and believe me a lot goes on in educational systems that is dusted under the rug that would make your hair fall out. A lot in the educational systems is who you know instead of what you know. If the educator has went against his this agreement why shouldn't they be held accountable, if a lawyer or doctor did the same thing, should they not pay a penalty, why should educators be held to different principles.
Remember Baretta: "Don't do the crime if you can't do the time."

If this person has such poor judgement where he can't restrain himself, he does not need to working with our children, who deserve the very best

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DCSSTeacher 1 year, 10 months ago

@pocketdoc: Educators are held to a higher accountability because we hold the public trust. We voluntarily take the responsibility of caring for the safety and well-being of our community's children while you are at work. You place that trust in our hands every morning. Companies and industries are private and can be held to different standards. If an educator is not willing to rise above his/her base instincts and conduct him/herself accordingly, then they deserve every repercussion coming to them.

The Professional Standards Commission takes every case into consideration before deciding a verdict. Mr. James' case involved more than his handling of a fight. The PSC apparently looked at his WHOLE record and decided it was better to remove him.

This case proves that our esteemed Board can stick its collective head in the sand all it wants. It can slap folks on the wrist, return them, re-shuffle them, and restore them...but the ultimate decision is not their's to make. Even they are subject to the oversight of the State BOE and the PSC...thank God for small miracles!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 10 months ago

The system has needed a lot of oversight and it's finally getting it. Plus now a Board that will not shirk its duty. We might have some hope.

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hotdog 1 year, 10 months ago

They should be held to a higher standard...but they also should be paid more...parents should be held to a higher standard as well...though that part has nothing to do with Mr. James' stupidity

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 10 months ago

Is James's street name aka Terry? I guess James is your buddy. Have the Falcons called him yet? I sent this video link to their defensive coordinator. I'm sure they'll call this week if they haven't already.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 10 months ago

Is this the Albany Herald or the Albany Journal?????? Are newspaper sales that bad???? This is a awful thing to report in a newspaper on the front page.....

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 10 months ago

cheap shots at the DCSS will get you no where Terry.....Respectable papers dont go for career assassination by way of public humiliation as much as the herald.....just another cheap way to sell papers.....sad....sad...sad....

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