By Rachel Dove
RED JACKET - A Mingo County man who has been employed for many years as an educator in the county school system has been arrested on a battery charge on connection with an incident that occurred with a student on May 16, prior to the end of the 2013-2014 school year.
According to information provided to the Daily News by Mingo County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Joe Smith and Sgt. James Muncy, Henry Clay Moore, 63, of Red Jacket, was arrested on Tuesday after a warrant was obtained against him on July 2, following an investigation into a complaint lodged against the teacher by the parents of a Mingo Central High School student.
The arrest report states that on May 16, the defendant grabbed Christie Hinkle by her arms as she was attempting to leave the classroom after the final bell had rung, signaling the dismissal of school for the day. According to statements made to the police, during Hinkle’s second attempt to leave the classroom to get on the bus, Moore, her teacher, allegedly grabbed the victim by her backpack as she was clearing the door, pulling her backward and causing her pain and discomfort. The incident was witnessed by a number of students and was also recorded on the school’s video surveillance cameras, which were viewed by the officers and seized as evidence in the case.
Moore was arraigned before Senior Status Magistrate Kim Blair and was released from custody after posting a $2,000 bond. The defendant is scheduled to be back in court for a preliminary hearing before Magistrate Dee Sidebottom, who will hear the case after the first of August.
No action has been taken so far by the Mingo County Board of Education against Moore and his teaching status remains listed as a full-time employee. No information has been provided by the board’s office concerning this case.