Cops: Ex-Atlanta middle school employee sexually abused boy for months

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Sanchez Waller

A former Atlanta Public Schools middle school paraprofessional sexually assaulted a male student at least six times since January, according to a redacted incident report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The eighth grader told his mother about the alleged sexual assaults earlier this month, according to the Atlanta Public Schools police report. The alleged assaults occurred on Ralph Johnson Bunche Middle School’s campus, with one incident occurring as recently as mid-April.

Sanchez Waller turned himself in to authorities Monday and faces charges of child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes and sexual assault by a teacher, principal, assistant principal or other administrator. He is out of the Fulton County jail on a $15,000 bond.

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According to the report, the victim’s mother spotted the child with an old Samsung phone and confronted him about it. The child’s parents took his previous phone away as punishment.

That’s when the child asked to speak with her in private and told her he’d been sexually abused by Waller, police said.

In the first incident, the child was assisting Waller with moving chorus stands when he was asked to move equipment into the school’s fitness room. That’s when Waller pinned the child against the wall, stuck his hands down this boy’s pants and groped his genitals for five minutes, police said.

The child said no one was present when the sexual abuse occurred.

After the alleged assault, Waller told the boy: “I thought you would have Mr. (redacted) and the police up here,” according to the police report. During the same interaction, Waller allegedly told the boy he had a new boyfriend. The report redacts the significant other’s name.

During one assault, Waller held the boy’s arms down and in another he laid on top of him, according to the police report. The boy also said Waller forced him to touch his genitalia.

The boy told police Waller would wink at him and mouthed that he misses him when they passed in the hallway.

The victim’s parents told police Waller was not assigned to the boy’s classes.

Waller was terminated Monday, Atlanta Public Schools district spokesman Ian Smith said in a statement earlier this week.

His next court date is May 29.