An Iredell-Statesville school teacher is suspended with pay after being charged with assaulting a handicapped student.
Robin Lorraine Johnson, 51, of Garfield Street, was arrested on two counts of misdemeanor assault on a handicapped person after an investigation by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office.
Iredell Sheriff Darren Campbell said an investigation was launched Sept. 12 after a report was received concerning a possible assault on a handicapped child at Cloverleaf Elementary School in prior school years.
The report was filed by therapist, Campbell said, in a news release. He said the therapist had spoken with several children from the same classroom. The initial report indicated multiple children said they were picked up and placed in a trash can or recycling bin, Campbell said.
Detective Patrick Dixson of the Special Victims Unit interviewed numerous witnesses and gathered pertinent items of evidence, Campbell said.
Evidence gathered indicated the assaults occurred during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years when Johnson was the teacher assigned to the Exceptional Children’s classroom at Cloverleaf Elementary, Campbell said in the release.
He said the evidence indicated that on at least two occasions, Johnson placed a handicapped student in a trash can.
Dixson obtained the arrest warrants for Johnson and she was arrested Thursday. She received a $20,000 bond from a magistrate.
She is scheduled to appear in district court Nov. 4.
Iredell-Statesville Schools spokesperson Boen Nutting said Johnson has been employed with I-SS since 2008 and has been a bus driver, receptionist, teacher assistant and teacher at N.B. Mills, East and Cloverleaf schools.
She was suspended Thursday with pay pending an investigation by the school system.