GBI arrests former Woodland teacher
by Brande Poulnot and Jon Gargis
Sep 23, 2010 | 6784 views | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A former Woodland High School teacher was put behind bars Wednesday in connection with the theft of chorus fundraiser money.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Jerry Scott said Charles Daniel Nelson, 50, of 22 C.J. Drive in Euharlee, is charged with numerous counts of theft by conversion in connection with the theft of about $11,000 during an approximate three-year period.

"He was charged with 11 counts of felony theft by conversion for converting funds that were intended for the Bartow County School System to his personal use," Scott said. "He just took funds that were intended for various functions and put them into his personal account -- [donations] and fundraiser money."

Nelson was booked in the Bartow County Jail pending a bond hearing.

Superintendent John Harper declined to comment due to the pending case against the former teacher employed by the system from Aug. 14, 1995, to January of this year.

Nelson, who previously served as Woodland High's choral director and Fine Arts Academy coordinator, resigned Jan. 7 -- an action Harper in January said precluded termination proceedings.

"The board was prepared to pursue having a hearing," Harper said in January. "You can't dismiss anyone under contract unless there is a hearing. All that was being contemplated, and the final decision had not been made on that, and then we subsequently got the retirement, so all that ceased."