Former Charlotte elementary administrator pleads guilty to assault on parent

04/30/2014 5:24 PM

04/30/2014 5:25 PM

A former Winding Springs Elementary administrator has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge after an encounter with a student’s parent at school last spring.

Rodney Roseboro, who was dean of students at the north Charlotte school, was sentenced to 36 months’ probation in April on a charge of assault on a female. A sexual battery charge connected with the same May 14 encounter and two charges connected with a February 2013 allegation were dismissed.

Roseboro said Wednesday that he is “not guilty of anything” but filed an Alford plea, a special type of guilty plea that asserts innocence but acknowledges that a prosecutor would likely win the case, because he did not want to risk losing at trial, going to jail and being labeled a sex offender.

“In life, sometimes you can be right but still be wrong,” he said. “You have to know when to fold them even if you are right.”

The arrest warrant said Roseboro was accused of putting his hand on a woman’s crotch without her permission. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials said at the time that the incident happened at school and involved a student’s mother.

The February allegation, which did not happen at school and involved a different person, came up during the CMS police department’s investigation.

Roseboro was suspended with pay in June and terminated in January, according to CMS.

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