Lassiter counselor still not back to work
by Kathryn Dobies
kdobies@mdjonline.com
February 18, 2010 01:00 AM | 3093 views | 4 4 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA - Although he was slated to return to work Tuesday, Frank Robinson, the Lassiter guidance counselor and coach who is accused of inappropriately touching a 17-year-old student on Dec. 8, has still not returned to work in Cobb County Schools.

Cobb Police arrested Robinson on Dec. 19 and charged him with sexual battery. He still faces that misdemeanor charge in state court. However, the school board voted 4-2 last week to reinstate Robinson, after a tribunal of three school board members, with one member dissenting, found insufficient evidence to fire Robinson.

District spokesman Jay Dillon said officials have not yet found a school for the counselor. Dillon said because of Robinson's bond conditions, he is not allowed to return to Lassiter, so his guidance counseling position at that high school has already been filled. The district will have to add a position at another school for Robinson, something they had not been able to decide on as of late Wednesday.

Robinson's attorney, Warren Fortson, said that he would follow up with the district about Robinson's reassignment on Tuesday.

"That sounds like a lot of excuses," Fortson said of Dillon's explanation of why Robinson had not yet returned to work.

Regarding Robinson's criminal case, Solicitor General Barry Morgan said that Robinson's arraignment was originally set for Friday, but has been postponed to April 19 because of the continuing investigation. State Court Judge Toby Prodgers will preside over the arraignment, at which time Robinson can enter a plea. The judge will also set the trial date.
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If You Only Knew
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February 18, 2010
The school that Coach Robinson is eventually assigned to will be getting someone with more character than the principal, the school board and the superintendant combined...and, yes, I intentionally did NOT capitalize the titles...
Get It Right
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February 18, 2010
Concerned Parent, Please read again! His bond condition doesn't say he can't be around children anymore, it says he can't return to Lassiter. Don't draw your own conclusion so you can make these off the wall comments. Apparently the school board was able to make their decision based on the evidence at hand (which I'm sure you didn't see). Reading and comprehension are fundamental.
Concerned Parent
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February 18, 2010
Let me get this straight. He has been charged with sexual battery and his bond condition is that he cannot work around children. However, the school board has decided that it is okay for him to work with other children at a different school? The school board knows more than the judge, the police, and the human resources investigator. I hope the victims of the students sue the Cobb County School district for placing an employee who has been charged with sexual battery by placing him at school before the court system and the trial process is over with.
girl was wacko
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February 18, 2010
It's too bad that the counselor can't go back to Lassiter since the "accuser" has now switched schools, but maybe better for him since Mr. Shaw basically threw him under the bus.
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