During the 4th of July celebration at a beach, a former teacher decided to take a swim. Jonathan William Herbert dove under the water. He swam over to a young girl playing volleyball and bit her in the butt. Police arrested Herbert for the assault on the girl. Last week a court sentenced Herbert for the drunken incident.
According to a report in the Gainesville Times, Herbert was at Lake Lanier celebrating the 4th of July. After consuming a lot of alcohol, Herbert went for a swim in the lake.
Witnesses at the beach say that Herbert dove under the water and swam over to a group playing volleyball. While under the water, Herbert bit the butt of a 14-year-old girl. After the girl was bitten, her family contacted the police.
When police arrived at the scene, they state that Herbert was extremely intoxicated. The victim and Herbert did not previously know each other before the bizarre incident. Police arrested Herbert for assaulting the young girl. While under arrest, Herbert tried to bribe the officer with $200 to let him go.
Police charged Herbert with sexual battery against a child under 16, second-degree cruelty to a child, battery and public drunkenness. Following his arrest, the media reported that Herbert worked as a teacher at Gwinnett County Public Schools.
The school district investigated the event. As a result of the incident, the districted fired Herbert from his teaching position. Herbert worked as a middle school teacher for the district for two years.
As Herbert’s case worked through the court, the victim’s family told prosecutors they wanted to resolve the matter as quickly as possible. Additionally, the family hoped that the girl would not have to testify against him in a trial.
Due to the wishes of the victim and her family, prosecutors agreed to drop the sexual battery charges. The prosecutors offered Herbert a plea deal. Herbert pled guilty to battery, public drunkenness, and bribery.
At Herbert’s sentencing, the court sentenced him to 30 days in jail and four years of probation. During his probation, Herbert cannot teach or congregate in the same area as children. Additionally, he cannot make contact with the victim.
While on probation, Herbert must complete 40 hours of community service, attend 2 12 step meetings per week for four years, have to drug screens per month, and he must undergo alcohol and drug treatment.
If Herbert completes all the requirements of his probation, the court will discharge the case from his records.
According to multiple reports, the offense was Herbert’s first offense against a child. Prosecutors were not confident a jury would convict Herbert of sexual battery because the crime was so different than typical sexual battery cases.
Incidents like these are good reminders always to be responsible when consuming alcohol.
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