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Teacher Accused Of Attempted Sex Assault Of 13-Year-Old Girl - ...

There are 69 comments on the NBC 4 Washington, DC story from Feb 25, 2008, titled Teacher Accused Of Attempted Sex Assault Of 13-Year-Old Girl - .... In it, NBC 4 Washington, DC reports that:

A teacher with Manassas City Public Schools is being held without bond on charges of attempted indecent liberties with a child and misdemeanor sexual battery, according to the Stafford County Sheriff's Office.

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t sanders

Hyattsville, MD

#1 Feb 25, 2008
sick
Student

Yorktown, VA

#2 Feb 25, 2008
Dam.. a band teacher.. Osbourn high is just goin down hill..
Mother

San Jose, CA

#3 Feb 25, 2008
I think a person is considered innocent until *proven* guilty. Anyone can make an accusation. I think the guy at least deserves to have all the facts heard and let a jury decide. Seriously put yourself in this guys shoes. Just because the news says he was accused he is being tried and found guilty before he even has a trial. This has been a problem for years, especially in cases like this.
Kelly

Arlington, VA

#4 Feb 25, 2008
Mother wrote:
I think a person is considered innocent until *proven* guilty. Anyone can make an accusation. I think the guy at least deserves to have all the facts heard and let a jury decide. Seriously put yourself in this guys shoes. Just because the news says he was accused he is being tried and found guilty before he even has a trial. This has been a problem for years, especially in cases like this.
I totally agree!
Kelly

Arlington, VA

#5 Feb 25, 2008
I totally agree!
graduate from ohs

Fairfax, VA

#6 Feb 25, 2008
I have no idea what to think of this situation...i had him as a band teacher and marching band teacher for 3 years, seeing and hearing everything is just so disturbing. i really doubt they will find anything on his computers because he always let his students go on them.
OHS Student

Essex, MD

#7 Feb 25, 2008
Ive Known Mr. Johnson for 5 years now and i really dont think that he would try to do this to a person of any age. i think that 13 year old girl is lying because he might have given her a bad grade or something.
Former Student

Towson, MD

#8 Feb 25, 2008
I had Mr. Johnson and marched for 4 years. I was around the guy all the time and I find this hard to believe. I certainly hope this isn't true and I hope that his name can be cleared. Something like this could ruin his life even if he is acquitted.
graduate from ohs

Fairfax, VA

#9 Feb 25, 2008
OHS Student wrote:
Ive Known Mr. Johnson for 5 years now and i really dont think that he would try to do this to a person of any age. i think that 13 year old girl is lying because he might have given her a bad grade or something.
that's what i'm hoping
Former OHS student

Hyattsville, MD

#10 Feb 25, 2008
I had Mr. Johnson for 3 years and he was always very nice to me sometimes too nice but he never touched me never made a move on me and never made me feel uncomfortable so i dont really know what think
J Purdy

Silver Spring, MD

#11 Feb 25, 2008
wow i didnt think mr. j could do that
OHS Student

Silver Spring, MD

#12 Feb 25, 2008
I have know Mr. Johnson for 2 years now and I dont think that he is the kind of man who is capable of such things. I hope that his name is cleared because this would ruin his life forever. This must also be hard on his family. I still will not believ that he "assulted" a 13 year old girl.
graduate from ohs

Fairfax, VA

#13 Feb 25, 2008
his daughter was having a sleep over and that's where this happened. i don't think anything happened i think this girl is just do doing this in spite
FormerStudent

East Lansing, MI

#14 Feb 25, 2008
Mr. Johnson was my band teacher for 2 years at OHS back in the early 1990's. I also babysat his children on multiple occasions at his home. These situations both presented opportunities for me to be alone with him, and he never displayed any behavior consistent with these charges in the 3-4 years I knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and children at this time, regardless of his guilt.
concerned

Fredericksburg, VA

#15 Feb 25, 2008
As a fellow educator it is very concerning. If he is guilty, he will get what he deserves. Unfortunately if he is found innocent then he will stil be regarded as tainted in the educational world. That is what is so scary about todays world anyone can make any accusation they want and being innocent until proven guilty went out the window years ago. I know of a situation where false claims were made against a teacher and it was over 7 monthes before one of the accusers cracked and confessed to making up the whole thing.

If he is guilty then I hope he gets the max.

If he's innocent then the young lady needs to get hammered by the law somehow.
a parent

Washington, DC

#16 Feb 25, 2008
J Purdy wrote:
wow i didnt think mr. j could do that
Nobody that knows him thinks so. It has to be a misunderstanding. Good luck, Ted.
A former student from OHS

Leesburg, VA

#17 Feb 25, 2008
I have known Mr. J since 1991. Not only was I a student of his but I babysat for him on numerous occasions (including weekend stays to watch the children at his home. He has taught for 20 years and has had live-in au pairs while his children were young. NEVER has there been an issue raised against him. There were many opportunities where Mr. J could have acted inappropriately and he never did. It is not in his character. The man I knew isn't capable of such behavior. I have to believe that this is a mistake. I hope for the girl in this case that she was not harmed. If she was, it truly is a tragedy. Mr. J and his beautiful family will never be the same regardless. My prayers go out to the families of the 13 year old girl and to the Johnsons. Please do not judge Mr. Johnson. He is a kind man and a good man, and a good father. There are two sides to every story.....
OHS Symphonic Band member

Chantilly, VA

#18 Feb 25, 2008
Former Student wrote:
I had Mr. Johnson and marched for 4 years. I was around the guy all the time and I find this hard to believe. I certainly hope this isn't true and I hope that his name can be cleared. Something like this could ruin his life even if he is acquitted.
I completely agree with this person. I have been in band under the direction of TJ for 3 years and this is highly unlikely. I recall an account at Metz just recently regarding Mr. Williams. He will never be looked at the same and neither will TJ.
current student

Chantilly, VA

#19 Feb 25, 2008
it is true that he is innocent until proven guilty, which i dont think he will be, for i think he is innocent. he's a good teacher, and i respect him for it. i dont think mr.j would do something like this, and i believe it to be one big misunderstanding, though i am waiting for more information now on this.
Parent of Two Students

Chicago, IL

#20 Feb 25, 2008
Mr. J has been a mentor to two of my daughters. I've know him as an excellent teacher for over 10 years. He always has the children's best interst at heart, and makes sure that the children learn responsibility, and respect. He allows all his students to go on his computer, therefore, it is highly unlikely that there is anything inappropriate on the computers.

Further, my daughters babysat for Mr. J and even slept over on late nights. NEVER did he EVER do anything inappropriate. He and his family came to our family functions, and he was always a gentleman.

This simply is not in his personality. There must be a TERRIBLE MISTAKE here. Please do not judge Mr. J. He is INNOCENT until PROVEN guilty, and I don't believe there will be any proof.

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