Authorities last year said she "knowingly and willfully" failed to report incidents of battery and sexual battery against two students as mandated by Georgia law.
Cobb's assistant solicitor general has dropped a charge against Trudie Donovan, the former Kell High School principal who abruptly announced her retirement last June amidst allegations that she "knowingly and willfully" failed to report incidents of battery and sexual battery against two students as mandated by Georgia law. "After an extensive investigation, the State is unable to pursue this charge due to lack of facts or supporting evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant violated the 'willfully and knowingly' portion of O.C.G.A § 19-7-5 (h)," Cobb Assistant Solicitor General Latonia Hines wrote in the March 27 Nolle Prosequi order signed by Cobb State Court Judge Kathryn J. Tanksley. That order vindicates Donovan …
Trudie Donovan, who is retiring this month, has been charged with failing to report child abuse; a social studies teacher charged with sexual battery is not in custody.
- POLICE & FIRE
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Updated 9:40 p.m. Retiring Kell High School principal Trudie Donovan turned herself in to the Cobb County Adult Detention Center Thursday after being charged by Cobb Police with a misdemeanor for failing to report child abuse. According to booking reports, Donovan was processed around 7 p.m. Thursday and was being held on a $1,000 bond. The Marietta Daily Journal reported that Kell social studies teacher James Chadwick Brigham has not reported to authorities after being charged with one count of felony sexual battery and two counts of misdemeanor battery. The charges stem from accusations made by two students in separate incidents in May. Original report, posted at 7:07 p.m. A Kell High School teacher has been charged by Cobb Police with …