Northside teacher accused of molestation to resign

A Northside High School teacher who faces one count of child molestation will resign from his job effective March 15, according to a letter he sent to Houston County Superintendent David Carpenter.

John Samuel Gravely, 34, a teacher and head wrestling coach at Northside, was arrested Feb. 18 on one count of child molestation and two counts of false statements after allegedly inappropriately touching a female student.

The letter is dated Feb. 25, which coincides with the original date of a bond hearing for Gravely, according to Maj. Charles Holt, Houston County jail administrator. The bond hearing was rescheduled for today by his defense attorneys.

The date of Gravely’s resignation is 10 work days after Feb. 25, the minimum time Houston County educators must be given to prepare for a hearing when faced with termination, Carpenter said.

However, since Gravely resigned, he will not have a hearing with the school system, and he will not be paid for the time he has been in jail, Carpenter said.