Superintendent, Daughter Lose Licenses in Student Sex Case

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The commission that oversees teacher standards in Georgia has revoked the licenses of the Montgomery County school superintendent and her daughter, a former counselor accused of having sex with a student.

Former Montgomery County High School counselor Carrie O'Connor was charged Aug. 13 with one count of sexual assault after being indicted on charges she had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old male student.

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission voted last week to take away her teaching credentials and those of her mother, Superintendent Dale Clark.

Clark was accused of failing to report the relationship between her daughter and the student. Clark also faced several other allegations, including using school system money to pay for cell phones for the families of school board members.

O'Connor told The Courier Herald of Dublin that she and her mother plan to appeal the commission's ruling.

Clark and O'Connor will have 30 days to request a hearing before an administrative law judge.

If the judge upholds the commission's decision, appeals can be filed in Superior Court and, if necessary, with the Georgia Court of Appeals.

Clark, who is legally able to continue as superintendent while the ruling is being appealed, has been suspended with pay by the Montgomery County school board.