• Cobb gym teacher accused of molesting student

    By: Carl Willis


    PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. - A Cobb County teacher is accused of molesting one of his students.

    Now, the school and investigators from two counties are trying to find out if there is more than one victim.

    Robert Carlysle Cartwright, 45, is a physical education teacher and coach at Midway Covenant Christian School in Cobb County. He was arrested on campus on March 27.

    A Paulding County Sheriff's Office representative told Channel 2's Carl Willis that Cartwright met the alleged victim at school.

    "I do know that this child, the victim, was a member of the coach's sports teams basketball, possibly baseball, so the coach and the child knew each other from the school," said Cpl. Ashley Henson.

    Paulding County is investigating because the victim reported that the incident, which has led to a charge of aggravated child molestation, happened away from campus in Cartwright's home on Cohran Store Road.

    The victim told investigators the incident happened Nov. 9. Investigators and the school want to know if any other children may have been abused.

    "What we want folks to do now is talk to their children, especially children that go to Midway Covenant Christian School," said Henson.

    A school representative wrote, "On the day we learned of this arrest, we immediately contacted all of the parents at our school.  We have encouraged all parents who have any relevant information to contact the Detectives at the Paulding County Sheriff's Office directly.  Midway Covenant Christian School has and will continue to cooperate fully with the authorities in their investigation."

    School officials said they were shocked by the arrest and have placed Cartwright on indefinite administrative leave.

    Investigators ask parents to call Cobb County's Crimes Against Children Division if they believe an incident occurred on campus. They should call Paulding County if an incident may have happened at Cartwright's home or elsewhere.

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