Teacher faces child sex allegations

JONESBORO — A teacher who resigned in May, two months after allegations of inappropriate conduct were made against him, was arrested Thursday and charged with several child sex crimes, according to records.

Derek Christopher Gray, 28, of Shertall Road in Fairburn bonded out about 24 hours after his arrest Thursday night. Gray is charged with child molestation, aggravated sodomy, sexual assault inside a hospital or institution, statutory rape and enticing a child for indecent purposes.

Gray was teaching at Elite Scholars Academy at the time of the March allegations. Clayton County Public Schools spokesman Charles White said the system reacted in accordance with established policy.

“Allegations of inappropriate conduct were filed against Derek Gray in March 2013,” he said in a statement. “An investigation was immediately conducted by the school district. In keeping with the district’s standard procedure, Mr. Gray was removed from the classroom and all appropriate agencies were notified.”

White said Gray resigned in May.

Elite Scholars Academy opened about four years ago as one of two charter schools in Clayton County. It serves students in grades six through 12, and was recognized last week as a 2012 Georgia School of Excellence — one of 14 top-performing schools in the state based on the College and Career-Ready Performance index.

Officials announced last week that Elite Scholars was the highest-performing school in the 13th Congressional District, which includes Cobb, Clayton, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton and Henry counties.

The warrants in Gray’s arrest were not filed in Magistrate Court as of late Monday afternoon. Clerks said the paperwork was improperly submitted.