Former teacher charged with obscene messages to a student

Former teacher charged with obscene messages to a student

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - A former Thomas County Middle School teacher was arrested for sending obscene social media messages to a student.

Grady Jewell Jr., 40, lives in Nashville, and has since bonded out of the Thomas County jail.

Investigators said the student who received the messages was under 16.  Investigators received a report from a TCMS counselor about the messages a week ago.

"Of course, you're always shocked and disappointed to learn that an educator would do something like this," said Thomas county schools superintendent Dr. Dusty Kornegay. "But I'm very encouraged by the fact that the student had a relationship with her counselor where she felt comfortable sharing it."

Jewell was a teacher at Berrien County Middle School after he left Thomas County.

He started teaching at Berrien in August of last year. He resigned on March 3, after this incident was reported to Berrien County School's Superintendent.

Lieutenant Tim Watkins said Jewell admitted to sending the inappropriate messages to the girl via Facebook.

Jewell was a teacher at TCMS last year.

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