Squawk of the Day - August 10, 2012

CORDELE, Ga. -- Officials with the Crisp County Sheriff's Office have confirmed that a 35-year-old teacher wanted on charges of sexual misconduct had turned himself in to authorities.

Capt. Denise Youngblood said that Gerome Morgan, a former teacher at Crisp County High School in Cordele, turned himself into authorities sometime Monday morning.

Morgan, who has resigned from his position, had been teaching in the agricultural science and technology department. Law enforcement officials say he has been charged with having consensual sex with a female student.

A news release from the sheriff's office said that school officials were made aware on March 25 of the conduct that Morgan had reportedly been engaged in with the student and contacted authorities.

"Our school system is working in collaboration with CCSO and have launched an administrative investigation," Rhonda Hayes, superintendent of the Crisp County School System, said in release from the sheriff's office. "The teacher, who has not been back at school since the incident was reported, remains under a criminal and administrative investigation."

A news release on the school system's website dated for Friday said that Morgan's resignation had been accepted at an emergency meeting of the Crisp County Board of Education held at noon that same day.

Warrants were reportedly issued following a meeting law enforcement officials had Denise Fachini, district attorney for the Cordele Judicial Circuit, regarding the situation -- after which Morgan was charged with two counts of sexual assault.

Youngblood was put in charge of the investigation.

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