Last updated: June 11. 2014 12:38PM - 1555 Views
By Rachel McAuley rmcauley@civitasmedia.com

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LAURINBURG — Police have charged a former teacher with assaulting a 4-year-old boy who was one of her students at a Scotland County elementary school.

Jennifer Jones, 41, of Pine Cone Court in Pembroke, is charged with assault on a child under 12, a misdemeanor. She turned herself in on Friday, according to Cliff Sessoms, Laurinburg’s assistant police chief, and was released on a written promise to appear in court.

It is unclear what took place at I.E. Johnson Elementary School on March 31, when the assault reportedly occurred. The child’s mother reported an assault on April 2. Jones resigned later that month, according to a spokesperson for the Scotland County school system.

“We conducted an investigation, consulted with the district attorney’s office and an arrest was made,” Sessoms said. “… Other than assault, details of the investigation … we won’t release that.”

The child’s mother declined to comment on the case and referred questions to her lawyer, Allen Rogers of the Rogers Law Firm in Fayetteville. Rogers did not return calls requesting comment.

Jones began work at Scotland County’s public school system in July 2013 after spending five years teaching in the Robeson County public schools. A spokesperson for that school system said she had no disciplinary actions on her record.

Because Jones was not jailed, authorities were unable to provide a booking photo.

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