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.”
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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.