Northside teacher under house arrest after molestation charge

A former Northside High School teacher was placed under house arrest at a Thursday bond hearing after three students reported he engaged in sexual misconduct, said Houston County Senior Assistant District Attorney David Cooke.

Under the terms of the bond, John Samuel Gravely, 34, who was a teacher and head wrestling coach at the school, was granted a $2,000 house arrest bond with electronic monitoring.

He is also forbidden from having contact with the victims, their families or anyone under 16 years old other than his own children.

According to an incident report on file, Gravely fondled a 15-year-old female student in the presence of a 14-year-old male student and asked him to join in, said Cooke, who is also chief prosecutor with the Houston County District Attorney’s Office Special Victims Unit.

Later, another female student reported Gravely hugged her and kissed her neck in December 2009.

Gravely will appear in front of a grand jury Tuesday, where he may face more charges, Cooke said.

Gravely has officially resigned his teaching position, effective March 15, according to a letter sent to Houston County Superintendent David Carpenter.

He was arrested Feb. 18 on one count of child molestation and two counts of false statements.

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