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Gwinnett teacher accused of biting teen girl underwater at Lake Lanier

Gwinnett County Public Schools confirmed Friday that one of its teachers is the man accused of drunkenly biting a 14-year-old girl’s buttocks at Lake Lanier Islands on July 4.

Jonathan William Herbert, 30, has been a teacher at Snellville Middle since Aug. 1, 2016, said school system spokesman Bernard Watson.

Watson said the district opened a internal investigation following Herbert’s arrest.


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The Braselton girl was swimming at the Buford beach when Herbert allegedly swam under the water and bit her in front of multiple beachgoers, according to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office. 

Investigators said they don’t think he has any connection to the girl or her family.

Herbert faces charges of sexual battery against a child under 16, second-degree cruelty to a child, battery and public drunkenness.

He was booked into jail on Thursday and bonded out later that day, according to the Hall County jail.


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