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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County School Board members argued over whether to fire a Westover High School teacher accused of trying pay teenage girls for sex or to accept his resignation.

In a four to three vote, they decided to let 38-year-old Reastgo Holmes resign. The dissenting members say that sends a bad message.

"I made a motion to terminate the employee because I think the board needs to take a strong stand when it comes to people who are charged with preying on our students," said board member, David Maschke.

"I don't have a crystal ball but I do know he (Reastgo Holmes) is in trouble but I voted for it tonight because that was Dr. Murfree's recommendation," said Chairman, James Bush.

Last week, Holmes was charged with pandering and accused of offering to pay a 17-year old girl for sex.

Monday, he was charged with four more crimes, two counts of pandering to a person under age 17 and two charges of enticing a child for indecent purposes.

Here is how the board voted:

Yes- to accept resignation   No- to reject resignation

Anita Brown
Velvet Riggins
Milton Griffin
James Bush

Carol Tharin
Darrel Ealum
David Maschke

 

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