ABUSE CHARGES DROPPED Child Abuse Charges Against Former Mingo Teacher Dismissed
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Jan. 14, 2013 8:04 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 14, 2013 8:13 AM EST
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Williamson, Mingo County
, West Virginia
Child abuse charges against a former Mingo County special education teacher have been dismissed in exchange for her giving up her certification.
Media outlets report that Tina Grace, 53, also agreed to drop a grievance she had filed against the Mingo County school board over her dismissal.
A county grand jury indicted Grace last July on two counts of child abuse and one count of battery. The charges stemmed from a state investigation into allegations that she and a teacher's aide used inappropriate disciplinary methods on special-needs students.
Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks said the West Virginia Department of Education told him that Grace's name will go into a national database that tracks reports of teaching misconduct.