VALDOSTA -- The school administrator charged with watching a teenage girl through her bedroom window waived arraignment Friday.
Rick English, former assistant superintendent and finance director for the Valdosta City School System, was recently indicted by the grand jury. Jurors formally charged him with Peeping Tom and criminal attempt to tamper with evidence, both felonies.
A spokesperson for the Lowndes County District Attorney's Office said any pretrial motions filed in this case will be heard in February.
On Nov. 15, Lowndes County Sheriff's Office officials obtained a warrant charging English with felony Peeping Tom. Sheriff Ashley Paulk said English voluntarily surrendered to authorities that day and was processed and released on $10,000 bond.
A few days later, two additional warrants were handed down in the case, charging English with criminal trespass for an unlawful purpose, a misdemeanor, and criminal attempt to tamper with evidence.
At present, English has not been indicted on the lesser charge.
In a recent interview, Paulk said all three charges are the result of an incident that occurred in the Stone Creek subdivision during the weekend of Nov. 13. He said law enforcement officials have "strong evidence," including photographs, placing English at the scene of the incident.
English resigned from the Valdosta City School System in mid-December.
In a press release issued by defense attorney Sam Dennis recently, he said English "adamantly denies the allegations made against him by certain neighbors of the Stone Creek Subdivision" and "fears that many neighbors have adopted a 'mob mentality' and jumped to conclusions," finding him guilty before hearing all the facts and reviewing all the evidence. He said English believes once he has had a "fair day in court," he will be cleared of these charges.
Dennis was not able to be reached Friday for additional comment.
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