SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - WTOC has learned a St. Vincent's Academy teacher arrested this week for taking pictures up the skirts of his female students had no prior discipline issues in public schools.
The information comes from Georgia and South Carolina state records. Joey Morcock's public school teaching certification in South Carolina and Georgia did, however, expire.
According to South Carolina state records, Morcock started in Beaufort in 2002 and then moved to Greenville for four years. He then taught somewhere in Georgia for a year before going back to Beaufort County for seven years.
He had been at St. Vincent's Academy for at least a couple of years. He was the track coach as well as a Physics and Chemistry teacher. Police said the investigation started back in late April. The school took him out of the classroom then. Savannah officers took him into custody Thursday. We spoke with a victim's advocate about how important it is to report possible sexual assault.
"Reporting sexual assault and disclosing of those episodes is very important, but we also want to give understanding that it's very difficult," said Kesha Gibson-Carter, Executive Director of the Rape Crisis Center. "Individuals who commit sexual assault, nine times out of 10, it's not their first time. It probably won't be the last if they are not identified, if a person does not disclose. So, it becomes a public health issue."
The school issued us a statement and said in part that they teach young women to speak out against injustice and that they're proud of the young women who let their voices be heard.
Gibson-Carter believes the current climate in America makes it more possible.
"If they disclose, if they report, based on what they have seen on the national stage, they will be, their disclosure will be honored, they will be believed, and quite possibly they will get justice," Gibson-Carter said.
The school says they applaud the young students who came forward. The principal and police encourage anyone who could be a victim to come forward as well.