#38: Carrie O'Connor

 #38: Carrie O'Connor
Name: Carrie O'Connor
School: Montgomery County High School
City: Mount Vernon, GA
Age of Teacher:
Age of Student: 16
Rank: 38

One count sexual assault
against a student by a
school teacher or

Carrie O'Connor
, a 33-year-old school counselor in Mount Vernon, GA was arrested in August of 2007 for sexual assault against a 16-year-old student. However, the student came forward with charges well before her arrest, telling a teacher and a probation officer of the incident in March of that year. However, O'Connor's mother, Dale Clark, was the Montgomery County superintendent. It was alleged that Clark used her influence to protect O'Connor during the four-month long investigation before her arrest, including sending the male student to an alternative school while O'Connor kept her original counseling position at the high school. In September of 2007, both Carrie O'Connor and her mother Dale Clark had their credentials revoked by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. O'Connor was later cleared of criminal charges due to lack of evidence to substantiate the victim's claims. However, another teacher at the school, Christopher Bowman, filed suit against the Montgomery Board of Education, alleging that he was fired by Dale Clark due to reporting the accusations.

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