GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Police have arrested a former high school teacher accused of child molestation.
The Gainesville City School District received a complaint on Aug. 18 against Cameron Millholland, 26, about having sexual conduct with a 16-year-old girl.
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The district placed Millholland on administrative leave and notified the Gainesville Police Department, which opened an investigation.
Investigators found a pattern of online communication between the student and Millholland. Police got warrants for Millholland and arrested him Wednesday at his home in Dawson County.
“Safety of students and staff is our top priority. We encourage students and stakeholders to report any such allegations to be investigated,” Chief Jay Parrish said. “We are thankful to Dr. Williams and the entire Red Elephant community for their on-going support.”
Channel 2′s To Regan spoke to Sgt. Jessica Vann with the Gainesville Police Department, who said Millholland started an out-of-bounds virtual relationship with the student when she was 15.
“It was through electronic communications, phone, cellphone use and social media,” Vann said. “There was inappropriate contact that was sexual in nature between the teacher and the student.”
Vann said she was not aware of any physical contact between the two.
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Police said Millholland has been charged with one count of child molestation, but their investigation into his alleged activities is ongoing.
“Our investigators are reaching out to investigate any other contacts or inappropriate behavior between the teacher and other students,” Vann said.
According to the Gainesville High School’s website, Millholland was a member of the social studies department. He also coached the varsity boy’s golf team.
The district confirmed it hired Millholland in Aug. 2019. He was removed from the classroom and reassigned on Aug. 19.
“While we are shocked and devastated by the action of one of our former employees, we applaud the students for coming forward. Safety is always the top priority, and the GHS administration responded quickly to the allegations. Resources have been and will be available to those impacted by this incident,” the district said.
Hall County jail records show Millholland remains in jail without bond.
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