Northside teacher charged with child molestation

WARNER ROBINS — A Northside High School teacher is charged with one count of child molestation and two counts of false statements on allegations that he inappropriately touched a female student.

John Samuel Gravely, 34, of Warner Robins, is currently being held without bond at the Houston County Detention Center, said Sgt. Darin Meadows, the investigating officer on the case.

Houston County schools Superintendent David Carpenter said he expects to receive a resignation letter from Gravely this week following a conversation between attorneys representing Gravely and the school board.

The incident leading to the child molestation charge happened Feb. 2, according to Gravely’s booking report. The incidents, which led to the false statements charges, happened Feb. 5 and Feb. 11 during Meadows’ investigation, the sergeant said. Gravely was arrested Feb. 18, according to the booking report.

School officials made the initial report, which was transferred to the Houston County District Attorney’s Office, Meadows said. The district attorney’s office then handed the investigation over to the Houston County Sheriff’s Office.

Gravely taught social studies at Northside since 2008 and was the head wrestling coach this year, as well as coaching eighth-grade football at Northside Middle School, said Robin Hines, assistant superintendent for school operations.

To contact writer Andrea Castillo, all 256-9751.