Reginald Lamar Wade.
A guilty plea to two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery in Gwinnett County six years ago involving two female students who, Gwinnett County prosecutors said, Mr. Wade talked inappropriately to and touched “a girl’s bottom and another student’s breast.” [Source: 11/11/2002 AJC article “Ex-teacher in sexual battery case avoids jail but loses certificate”]
About six minutes ago, I received an e-mail from Mr. Wade seeking to tell his side of the story and I thought I’d share a few excerpts of that unedited message with all of you.
When I went to the Gwinnett System I had a problem with a student who was going to fail my class do to her not coming to class, lack of work, and discipline. When informed she would fail she retaliated with a story that was investigated by the school and no merit was ever found. However her father a friend of the District Attorney had charges filed on an incident where I touched her leg as an example of discipline in front of my entire class and had it construed as being her buttocks and it being sexual in nature.
She got another student to say I had at some point touched her as well.
There were […] 6 other molestation cases in front of the same judge in Gwinnett County with teachers. I was advice to take the Alford Plea which is a plea of no admittance […] Now I want go into the fact that I felt I wouldn’t and didn’t get fair justice or that everyone involved in the legal process was of the same race and how prejudice the legal system is in Gwinnett.
However what I will do is say that I as a teacher made an error in judgment I tried to get a student to leave from behind my teachers’ station where other student information was located and where she was not supposed to be. After asking several times and arguing back and forth with the student I reached down as she was seated in my chair and touched her leg and said aloud “if you don’t move I am going to pinch you”. That was all that ever happened and took place.
Does anyone have any thoughts on this?