A Walker Valley High School teacher entered a guilty plea regarding a sexual battery charge and was ordered by the judge to register as a sex offender. Christie David, 32, pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of sexual battery.
She received a one-year suspended sentence, according to Bob Gault, media relations officer for Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.
BCSO’s Criminal Investigations Division detectives began an investigation into the allegations in September 2012. David, a social studies teacher, was suspended without pay Oct. 3, according to Bradley County Director of Schools Johnny McDaniel.
Investigators’ findings led to the grand jury indictment of David and accused her of having an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old male who was a former student.
David turned herself in at the Bradley County Jail and was released after posting $10,000 bond.
According to Bradley County Schools officials, their office will respond to the outcome of the case after proper paperwork is received.
Cynthia Schemel of the 10th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office was the prosecutor assigned to the case.
“We need to listen to our children … be there for them,” according to Schemel.
“Not everyone who is around or works with our children are protective. There are predators everywhere,” she added.
David’s attorney, Scott Kanavos, said his client entered into a “no contest” plea to a lesser charge “... because she recognized at the end of the day she, like so many other people, put herself into a situation where her judgment was scrutinized. She is extremely grateful for support from family, friends and others from the community.”
Attorney Andrew Frieberg aided in the David defense as well.