UPDATE (April 18, 3 p.m.): According to a statement from Newton County School System Director of Public Relations Sherri Davis, Christopher Ehren Matyas will not return to the classroom after his arrest on two counts of felony sexual assault by persons with supervisory or disciplinary authority.
"Alcovy High School administrators were contacted with concerns regarding the alleged inappropriate behavior of fine arts teacher, Mr. Christopher Matyas," she said. "School officials launched an investigation and immediately reported the allegations to local law enforcement. Mr. Matyas was removed from the classroom setting and placed on leave during the course of the investigation. He will not return to the classroom."
COVINGTON, Ga. - An Alcovy High School fine arts teacher was arrested Tuesday on two counts of felony sexual assault by persons with supervisory or disciplinary authority.
Christopher Ehren Matyas bonded out of jail earlier today on a $15,000 bond as a result of those charges.
According to the Newton County Sheriff's Office incident report, Deputy Latavia Washington was "notified that a possible sexual assault had taken place," March 22.
NCSO Sgt. Cortney Morrison told The Covington News a disclosure was made by two female victims at the school that Matyas made inappropriate comments and touched them inappropriately. Washington initiated the report and the investigation was transferred to the NCSO Criminal Investigation Division, where probable cause was obtained for an arrest.
The female victims were 17 and 18 years old, Morrison said.
According to the NCSO booking report, Matyas bonded out of jail Thursday at 12:04 p.m.
The Covington News has reached out to the Newton County School System for a statement on this matter. The story will be updated as information is received.