Former 9th grade academy teacher Leslie Terrell awaits a preliminary hearing in front of a judge this week. This comes after turning herself in to the Habersham detention center Friday afternoon to face six felony charges related to child molestation and statutory rape. In addition, Terrell will face four misdemeanor charges stemming from her alleged relationship with one underage student.
There is no bond set presently and it is believed but not confirmed that she has retained a local attorney.
Habersham Sheriff's office chief investigator Murray Kogod says the sheriff’s office used, "their own investigative tools", to learn of the alleged sexual relationship. And he describes how the matter came to the attention of the school system.
The school had accepted Terrell's resignation two weeks prior before the sheriff's office, at the request of the school system, launched its own investigation.
Meanwhile, the 9th grader is still enrolled at the 9th grade academy in Mount Airy.
None of the present charges are of an aggravated nature as Sherriff’s officials confirm to WCHM that the child was not injured during the sexual acts.
Much of the nation - on both sides of the issue - is sounding off on the state’s new election security act that was signed into law Thursday night. One news account speculates the Major League Baseball all-star game to be played in Atlanta could be boycotted by the players union in protest. Habersham state representative Victor Anderson stands behind his yes vote.
The 34 year old woman ‘s Facebook page - which has since been taken down - mentions a husband and four children. Terrell was also in the news last June for co-organizing a Black Lives Matter protest at the Clarkesville gazebo.
Shoal Creek Road and Odis Barron Road - both north of Clarkesville - are temporarily washed out after Friday morning’s heavy rains. A press release from the county says drainage and culvert sizes have been calculated. Once cleared by utilities, county forces will mobilize to make the necessary repairs. The press release adds that two residential fires were set by lightning strikes. The worst flooding was at Pitts Park in Clarkesville.