Teacher charged with molesting student seeks bond

A Stone Mountain Middle School teacher charged with molesting a 15-year-old student will ask a judge Thursday to release him from jail.

Eighth grade math teacher Charles Thomas McClendon is scheduled to appear in Clayton County Magistrate Court on Thursday afternoon for a preliminary hearing.

Jonesboro Police arrested McClendon, 29, last week on charges of child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes.

Police said they found McClendon inside his pickup truck with a 15-year-old girl around 2:30 a.m. The truck was parked behind a Mexican restaurant in Jonesboro.

McClendon tossed a condom and attempted to pull up his pants as police approached, police said.

McClendon was in the act of fondling the girl when officers intervened, according to an arrest warrant.

The student told officers McClendon was her tutor at Stone Mountain Middle last year.

McClendon’s attorney, Keith Adams, said his client knew the girl from school but thought she was older when he arranged to have sex with her.

On Friday, a Clayton judge denied bond for McClendon. Adams said last week that he plans to present more information to the judge at the preliminary hearing.

A spokesman for DeKalb County schools has declined to comment but said McClendon had taught for one year. McClendon was still listed as a math teacher on Stone Mountain Middle’s Web site on Wednesday.

McClendon is a divorced father of two and lives in Decatur. He has no prior criminal record, Adams said.