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Remer Pope requests hearing delay

Remer Pope

    A Southeast Bulloch Middle School teacher charged with public indecency sent a letter to Bulloch County Board of Education members asking them to postpone a hearing regarding his employment.
    Remer R. Pope, 51, a Southeast Bulloch Middle School graduation coach and teacher, was charged with public indecency earlier this month after sting operation in a King's Ferry public bathroom.
    Bulloch County School Superintendent Dr. Lewis Holloway said Friday Pope sent school board members  and other school officials a letter asking them to postpone a hearing originally scheduled for the school board meeting held Thursday, Aug. 28.
    Pope's reason for asking for the postponement was to give him time to  "deal with" the charges against him, he said.
    Pope has been suspended and " is off the payroll" until the hearing, he said. No date has yet been set for the hearing, which Holloway said is public.
    After the public hearing, school board members will go into executive session to discuss actions they decide to take regarding Pope's employment. Then, board members will reconvene in a public setting to actually vote on the issue, he said.
    Pope was arrested Aug. 12  after he exposed himself to an undercover officer, said Savannah-Chatham County Metro Police Public Information Officer Buck Elliot.
    The arrest was part of a sting operation to stop indecent acts in the area, he said.
    In earlier interviews Holloway said  ...  I can assure parents that the school is taking appropriate measures to protect our students." Friday he said Pope had been suspended without pay and will remain as such until board members make a final decision regarding his employment status.
    Pope, a graduation coach and teacher,  was "was chosen by the faculty of Southeast Bulloch Middle School as their Teacher of the Year (TOTY) representative for this school year," said Mary Henley, Holloway's administrative assistant.
     "The final stage of the process has not been completed at this time. If Mr. Pope is unable to fulfill the responsibilities  ...  the runner up will assume the title," she said.
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