By Floyd Ingram
HOULKA – A teacher with the Chickasaw County School District has had allegations of sexual misconduct with a student leveled at him and was arrested last week.
Brodrick Hutchins with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations has filed documents in Chickasaw County Circuit Court seeking the probable cause hearing after he conducted an initial investigation into sexual misconduct by Houlka Attendance Center teacher and coach Bradley McDonald.
“The District Attorney received information on Sept. 15 of allegations and conducted interviews,” said Hutchins in court papers. “We do believe there are grounds for a probable cause hearing.”
Documents filed with the court by Hutchins allege McDonald, on or about Sept. 11-12, touched or rubbed with his hands or other part of his body a 15-year-old student.
McDonald was slated to appear in Chickasaw County Circuit Court before Judge Kelly Luther but the hearing has been moved to Ripley at the request of attorneys. McDonald later waived his right to a preliminary hearing and the case will move directly to the Chickasaw County Grand Jury slated to meet in February.
Bond was set at $5,000.
Under Mississippi law, school teachers and law enforcement officers working in the scope of their job can’t have charges filed against them until a probable cause hearing has been held. The intent of the law is to keep parents from filing assault charges against a teacher should their child be spanked and to prevent vindictive charges being filed against law enforcement officers making an arrest. The law also covers teachers in the event a student alleges they were sexually assaulted.
Officers continue their investigation into this incident and are asking the community to contact local authorities if they information about other people or incidents related to this case.