Child cru­elty case dis­missed

In­struc­tor, para­pro­fes­sional charged in March

The Covington News - - Front page - By Michelle Kim

All charges against a spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion teacher and para­pro­fes­sional ar­rested in March for cru­elty to chil­dren were dis­missed by a grand jury Fri­day.

Der­rick Roberts, a spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion teacher at Al­covy High School, and Nanette Surber, a para­pro­fes­sional, had been charged with sim­ple bat­tery mis­de­meanor and child cru­elty felony af­ter an­other school sys­tem em­ployee re­ported to au­thor­i­ties that she al­legedly wit­nessed acts such as putting soap in the mouth of a se­verely hand­i­capped, non-ver­bal stu­dent and plac­ing pack­ing tape over the mouth of the same stu­dent.

Roberts and Surber both tes­ti­fied be­fore the New­ton County Su­pe­rior Court grand jury on Fri­day, ac­cord­ing to Roberts’ at­tor­ney Michael Wa­ters.



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