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Georgia teacher arrested, accused of sexually assaulting teenage girl

A former northwest Georgia high school teacher was arrested on allegations he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl, the GBI said in a statement Monday.

Rodney Dewayne Mann, 43, faces one count of sexual assault by an authority figure, GBI officials said.

Mann, who worked at Ridgeland High School in Rossville for eight years, resigned June 1 — one day after the investigation began. The GBI said the girl attended Ridgeland but the alleged assault did not take place on campus.

Authorities arrested Mann following a search of his home in the 1600 block of Ridgeway Road in LaFayette. He also faces charges of one count of misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug-related items.

Anyone with information is asked to call the GBI’s Calhoun office at 706-624-1424. 

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Mann’s arrest is the latest in a string of child molestation cases involving teachers or school officials in Georgia this year. 

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On Friday, Cobb County police arrested Spencer Herron, 48, of Acworth, on three counts of sexual assault by a teacher, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. Herron was an acclaimed teacher at Kell High School in Marietta, being awarded “Teacher of the Year” for the 2016-2017 school year.

Last month, Carrollton High School math teacher Steve Martin resigned after being arrested during an internet sex sting operation, The AJC reported. Martin, 42, allegedly visited a website known for connecting adults with underage individuals. 

In that same month, Atlanta Public Schools fired Ralph Johnson Bunche Middle School paraprofessional Sanchez Waller amid allegations he had been sexually assaulting a student since January. Waller faces charges of child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes and sexual assault by a teacher, principal, assistant principal or other administrator. 

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