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Teacher charged with stalking faces plea hearing

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

A Clayton County high school teacher charged with stalking his ex-girlfriend is scheduled to appear in Clayton County Superior Court next month for a plea hearing.

North Clayton High School physical education teacher Derrick Jackson, 50, remains jailed without bond pending a hearing April 16 before Judge Albert Collier. He is charged with felony aggravated stalking for allegedly violating the terms of a temporary protective order issued Sept. 30.

Jackson waived a preliminary hearing on March 24. In the petition seeking the protective order, Jackson's ex-girlfriend said he harassed her by coming to her residence uninvited and continually making phone calls, "saying I need to watch my back."

The woman also stated in the petition that Jackson "made comment about doing harm to my children. I have recordings."

According to an arrest warrant, Jackson violated the protective order on March 6 by continuing to contact the alleged victim by phone and by sending flowers to her at work.

Jackson's attorney, Thomas Stewart, declined to discuss details of the case.

Jackson, who is a former assistant basketball coach for North Clayton High School, has been placed on administrative leave without pay, according to a school spokesman.