Nelsonville York Teacher Suspended Following Assault Allegation

By
Bethany Venable

Dateline
Updated Wed, Jan 9, 2013 2:54 pm

UPDATE 10:15 A.M. A Nelsonville York Elementary School teacher accused of hitting a student is pleading not guilty to the assault charge against him.

An attorney for Anthony Mollica entered the plea in Athens Municipal Court.

Mollica was scheduled for an arraignment Wednesday on one misdemeanor count of assault.

The charge stems from an allegation he hit a 7-year-old student in mid-December.

According to a Nelsonville police department report, a mother filed a report on December 13, complaining that Mollica had allegedly hit her daughter the previous day during gym class. 

The report lists the child did not sustain any injuries from the alleged incident.

Mollica, a health and physical education teacher, has taught for the Nelsonville York School District for 23 years, according to superintendent Mick McClelland.

Mollica is suspended indefinitely with pay.

McClelland says the district will take no further action against Mollica until they learn more from investigations by the Nelsonville Police Department and the Ohio Department of Education.

A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for February 11.


A Nelsonville York Elementary School teacher is suspended indefinitely with pay starting Wednesday following allegations he hit a 7-year-old student in mid-December.

School superintendent Mick McClelland confirmed that Anthony Mollica is suspended.

Mollica has taught at the school for 23 years and currently teaches health and physical education.

McClelland says no further action will be taken against Mollica until the school board learns more from investigations by the Nelsonville Police Department and the Ohio Department of Education.

Mollica faces on misdemeanor charge of assault.

He is scheduled to appear in Athens Municipal Court Wednesday morning.

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