VALDOSTA -- The school administrator charged with watching a teenage girl through her bedroom window tendered his letter of resignation Monday night.
During a special called meeting, Valdosta Board of Education members unanimously accepted the resignation of Rick English, assistant superintendent and finance director for the Valdosta City School System.
The brief, one-sentence, handwritten letter stated the resignation is effective Friday, Dec. 17.
Superintendent Sam Allen said English was eligible for retirement because he has 30 years in the field of education.
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 and criminal trespass with intent to commit a theft.
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.
A graduate of Valdosta High School, English's professional time with the Valdosta City School System began in 1976 as a teacher. He served as assistant principal and principal at several elementary schools in Valdosta before moving to the administrative office at the end of the 2003- 2004 academic year.
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.
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