Former 'Teacher of the Year' jailed on child cruelty charges

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. – A former teacher of the year has been arrested on charges on charges of cruelty to children, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

On May 8, Julie Johnson was arrested along with Michael Johnson, the sheriff's office confirmed. They've both been charged with second degree cruelty to children.

According to a sheriff's spokesperson, two children - ages 7 and 8 -- were removed from the home.

Johnson was a teacher at Social Circle High School. Tuesday afternoon, Social Circle City Schools superintendent Dr. Todd McGhee told 11Alive's Blayne Alexander that Johnson resigned her position as the high school's healthcare science and biotech teacher. He said the resignation was effective May 9, the day after her arrest.

The superintendent said Johnson was named teacher of the year at the high school last year.

Johnson told Alexander by phone that all of the charges against her are absolutely false. She said this is nothing but a smear campaign against her by someone who wanted her out of her job.

The case is still under investigation.


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