MOUNT VERNON — Cheryl Garvin, Howard, has entered a not guilty plea to charges of assaulting a child who was a student of hers at the time.
According to the Danville Police Department, Jessica Mosier filed a complaint on Sept. 1, 2010, alleging that Garvin, on Aug. 31, had smacked and spit upon her minor son. Garvin at the time was a teacher in the behavioral handicapped unit in Danville, and was apparently trying to restrain the child during a behavior issue, Mosier said.
Following subsequent investigations by the Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities, the Ohio Department of Education and Children’s Services, Danville Officer Jason Skeen forwarded the case to the Mount Vernon City Prosecutor’s Office.
Assistant City Prosecutor Robert Broeren said the office received the case on April 7, reviewed the documents and misdemeanor assault charges were authorized.
On Tuesday, Chris Zuercher, attorney for Garvin, entered a not guilty plea on her behalf.
Broeren said the next step will be a pretrial conference and an initial trial date will be set.
Garvin was employed by the Knox County Educational Service Center and resigned on Aug. 31.