Teacher accused of assault resigns
Saturday, February 11, 2012
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A southeast Missouri teacher accused of assaulting a student has resigned, but his attorney says the resignation is no admission of guilt.
The Southeast Missourian reports that 32-year-old Cape Girardeau Central High School physics teacher Roman Smith’s resignation was announced Thursday.
Smith is charged with misdemeanor third-degree assault. Authorities say Smith was “play fighting” with the student at a downtown parking lot on Jan. 21, wrapped his feet around the student’s waist and applied a choke hold that caused the student to lose consciousness.
Smith’s attorney, Bryan Greaser, says Smith intends to plead not guilty.