A Columbia County School System employee was recently accused of not reporting allegations of child abuse.
John Leroy Padgett Jr., 52, is the school system hearing officer. He was arrested and charged with failure to report suspected child abuse on Aug. 22.
Superintendent Sandra Carraway said Padgett was put on administrative leave when the allegations were raised. School officials had planned to discuss Padgett’s at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.
On Aug. 9, a 17-year-old girl told Columbia County deputies that Padgett had been molesting her since she was 15 with the most recent incident of abuse only a few days before.
The teen also said a family member had sexually abused her At the time, the teen said she got pregnant and had an abortion, according to the report.
Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said “her allegations are under investigation.”
Part of Padgett’s job is that he is legally required to report suspected child abuse.
“As a mandated reporter, he failed to report this sexual abuse, this molestation that occurred,” Morris said.
Padgett was released from the Columbia County Detention Center after posting a $1,000 bond, according to jailers.