(UPDATE: 4:45 p.m. on July 19, 2018): The former Savannah High assistant principal accused of sexual assault has been formally indicted.
Marvin Todd Johnson was indicted Wednesday for sexual assault of a student.
The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department's Special Victims Unit arrested Assistant Principal Marvin Johnson, 43, after he was accused of sexually assaulting a Savannah High student off-campus at the end of January 2017. The incident was reported May 1.
According to the police report, a 16-year-old male in the tenth grade at Savannah High School claims Johnson sexually molested him. The report says the alleged victim told his mother, father and stepfather, who then all showed up at the school on the morning of May 1.
The victim reported that the incident happened on the night of Jan. 31. He said he had to stay late after school for detention, and he met with another teacher afterwards to finish a test. He then helped another teacher clean and move some items at the school and went to the basketball game where Johnson was supposed to take him home. However, Johnson took him to a convenience store and then back to his house instead. At that time, the victim said they went inside, Johnson turned off the lights, took off his pants and told the student to take off his clothes. The student says they had intercourse and he told Johnson to stop and get off. Afterward, Johnson took the student home.
Johnson turned himself into police and the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System. He was charged with sexual assault by persons with supervisory or disciplinary authority.
During his first appearance in court, his bond was granted at $5,000. He has been ordered not to have any contact with alleged victims or the family members of alleged victims, and he has also been banned from the Savannah High School property.
Johnson was reassigned to a different position not dealing with students while the allegations were investigated. School board officials say that is standard protocol for something as serious as this.
"Prior to an arrest warrant being served in this case, Mr. Johnson had been reassigned within the District to a non-school based position. This action was taken immediately after SCCPSS officials were made aware of the allegations and subsequent investigation," an SCCPSS official said.
Many parents said they couldn't believe it.
"They know this is not this man. They know because this is not his character. I will put my life on that. This is not Mr. J's character," Mozell Kelly said. "If there is anything I can help him with, I will get my people together, and we will get together because we know Mr. J didn't do this."
According to Johnson’s Georgia teaching certificate, he's been an educator since 1997. That's when he started his career as a music teacher.
According to district officials, he became the band director at Savannah High on August 12th, 1997.
In 2016, he received his tier II educational leadership certificate which qualifies him to be an assistant principal and in February of 2016, he was promoted to assistant principal.
His Georgia teaching certificate also appears to be in good standing. It does not indicate there have been any disciplinary actions taken by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission during his teaching tenure.
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