Georgia middle school teacher pleads guilty to biting 14 year old girl in the buttocksDaily Mail
December 15, 2018
A former middle school teacher will serve 30 days in jail and four years probation for getting drunk, swimming underwater, and biting a 14-year-old girl in her buttocks.
Jonathan William Herbert, 30, reached a plea agreement with Georgia prosecutors on Friday.
Herbert, a resident of Dacula, Georgia, entered a first offender plea to charges of battery, public drunkenness, and bribery, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Initially, Herbert was charged with sexual battery, but that charge was dropped because prosecutors were concerned they would not be able to secure a conviction.
On the evening of July 4, Herbert was swimming at the Lake Lanier Island beach in Buford, Georgia.
According to the Hall County Sheriff's Office, Herbert swam underwater and bit the buttocks of a 14-year-old girl, who was playing volleyball at the time.
Investigators said that Herbert had no known connections to the girl or her family.
The incident was witnessed by a number of beachgoers, who reported it to police.
At around 8:30pm, Herbert was taken into custody.
Sheriff's deputies said he was drunk at the time of his arrest.
After he was arrested, Herbert tried to bribe a deputy with $200.
He was indicted on August 13.
Herbert was a teacher at Snellville Middle School.
Gwinnett County Public Schools, which oversees Snellville, began an internal investigation after his arrest.
Herbert resigned from the school district on August 1.
The girl's family did not object to the plea deal because it had no desire to see her testify, WSB-TV reported.
As per the conditions of his sentence, Herbert is not permitted to work as a teacher or to be seen in areas 'where children congregate,' court documents state.
Since Herbert is a first-time offender, the charges will be wiped from his record if he successfully completes his sentence.