Georgia middle school PE teacher resigns amid child molestation allegation

A Middle Georgia middle school teacher resigned Thursday, the same day he was arrested on a child molestation charge, officials said.

Jeffrey Wayne Holliday, 41, who was a physical education teacher at Mossy Creek Middle School in Kathleen, was charged with one count of child molestation, according to the Houston County Sheriff’s Office.

The allegation was unrelated to his employment, a sheriff’s office spokesman confirmed to AJC.com.

Beth McLaughlin, the director of community and school affairs for Houston County,  told Macon-based WMAZ-TV that Holliday, who had worked with the district since 2007, resigned for personal reasons. She would not comment on whether he was under investigation at the school before his resignation. She told the news station parents were not notified of the arrest.

The investigation began Aug. 2, which is a day after deputies received a referral from the Division of Family and Children Services, according to an incident report obtained by AJC.com. The incident allegedly took place at Holliday’s home in Perry on July 31, 2016.

Holliday was released Friday from the Houston County Jail on a $15,000 bond, jail records show.

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