ROCK HILL An assault charge against a Rock Hill teacher accused of hurting a female student might go away if he completes a counseling and education program.
Daniel Johns, 35, a third-grade teacher at Rosewood Elementary School, told a municipal judge Wednesday that he has applied for pre-trial intervention a program that allows first offenders to have charges against them expunged if they successfully complete counseling, community service work or make restitution.
If Johns successfully completes the program, the third-degree assault and battery charge against him would be expunged from his record.
Johns declined to comment after the hearing.
Johns turned himself in to police on March 28 after a 9-year-old Rosewood student said he had grabbed her the morning before and bruised her arm.
He had been the hall monitor that day, watching over children who arrived to school early and were instructed to quietly read books or do their homework, school district officials said.
The girl had not been doing what she was told, Rock Hill Schools spokeswoman Elaine Baker said, so Johns took her into a classroom to speak with her. The girl did not require immediate medical attention.
Johns allegedly assaulted the girl, according to an arrest warrant, using such pressure and force that it caused bruising on her upper left arm.
Following his arrest, Johns was placed on administrative leave with pay. Efforts to discern his current status with the district are still unclear.
Baker did say that she knows he's still not teaching.
Johns has taught in the Rock Hill school district for a little more than a decade, all of that at Rosewood.
In 2006, he was at the center of another police investigation after a student's mother complained that Johns instructed his second-grade class to walk on her son's feet as punishment.
Charges were never filed against Johns, who told police and the school district that he never meant to harm the child but only teach him a lesson about his own bullying behavior.
Check back for more details
The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.
Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email firstname.lastname@example.org to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.Read moreRead less