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Carson Yahvah, Rossiter Elementary teacher charged with assaulting 9-year-old student



A music instructor at Four Georgians Elementary School who was accused of beating a 9-year-old disabled student in his classroom has been sued together with Helena Public Schools.

Following an altercation on March 7 in his classroom, Carson Christman Yahvah was accused of criminal assault on a juvenile and was charged on June 6. On July 27, a civil lawsuit was brought against Yahvah and the school system.

a letter to the Independent Record with a statement Yahvah has been teaching music at Helena Public Schools for the past nine years, according to her attorneys at Delli Bovi and Martin LLC in Helena. They acknowledged Yahvah’s involvement in the two cases and mentioned that the court had been given notifications of affirmative defenses in the criminal case.

“There is always more to every story,” the statement says. “As these matters are still ongoing, we have no further comment at this time. We look forward to our day in court.”

The Four Georgians Elementary School principal called a school resource officer on March 7 to report that Yahvah had been accused of attacking a pupil earlier that day, according to the affidavit of probable cause filed in Lewis and Clark County District Court as part of the criminal prosecution. The student’s mother and father were on their way to the school, the administrator informed the police, and Yahvah had been suspended.

Authorities were informed by school administrators that Yahvah became irate with the pupil because he refused to accept responsibility for scratching another student during a music class.

Carson Yahvah and wife Andrea

“The Defendant reacted by gripping (the student’s) neck and shoulders in such a way as to bring (the student’s) head or face to eye level and with his hands still on (the student’s) neck and shoulders, he removed (the student) from the classroom and left him in the hallway,” the affidavit says, adding that Yahvah yelled at the student during the altercation.

Red markings on the student’s neck were documented by the principal in photographs, which the police later acquired. The mother of the student also gave police pictures of the red marks.

Red markings on the student’s neck were documented by the principal in photographs, which the police later acquired. The mother of the student also gave police pictures of the red marks.

The day of the incident, Yahvah informed an officer over the phone that the student was beginning to “get in other people’s faces and not listen to directions.” He claimed that when Yahvah summoned the student over to him to express his regret for scratching another youngster, the student seemed to ignore him and declined to say anything.

When the officer heard this, according to Yahvah, he became furious and grabbed the kid by the neck and shoulders, forcing him to the hallway desk. Yahvah claimed that after realizing that his actions weren’t the best, he apologized to the pupil and begged for his pardon.

The court entered a plea of “not guilty” on Yahvah’s behalf as part of the arraignment. Oct. 31 at 9 a.m. is the time for the jury trial. Yahvah told the court through his attorneys that he intends to employ the affirmative defense of reasonable use of force and present proof of his good character during the course of the trial.

Yahvah faces a maximum penalty of five years in jail and a fine of $50,000 if found guilty of felony assault on a child.

The District Court-filed civil lawsuit claims that the student Yahvah is accused of assaulting has a number of problems, including “Emotional Disturbance.” The student “is quite disruptive in class,” according to an individualized education plan created for him in November, and “requires staff support to engage and keep him on target.”

According to the lawsuit, the boy claimed to his parents that Yahvah had previously verbally and physically harassed him, and that after the alleged assault in March, other pupils had teased and taunted him.

The lawsuit further claims that instead of dismissing Yahvah following the alleged attack, Helena Public Schools transferred him to another primary school.

Rex Weltz, the superintendent of Helena Public Schools, announced on Monday that Yahvah is out of the classroom and on unpaid leave. Yahvah was pulled from the classroom when the criminal charge was filed, and she won’t be in the classroom throughout any criminal procedures, Weltz added, despite the fact that the school district is “tied to a level of confidentiality while investigations take place.”

In the lawsuit, Yahvah is charged with assault and battery, Helena Public Schools is held strictly liable for the assault, the school district is accused of negligently hiring and supervising the teacher, both defendants are charged with negligently causing emotional distress, and the school district is also accused of failing to provide adequate security for the student while on its property.

In addition to punitive damages from Yahvah “to punish him and others from misusing his position of trust to harm students and children,” the lawsuit asks for compensatory damages from both defendants in an amount to be established at trial.

Last known contact information

Address: 423 Barney St Helena, MT 59602
Phone: (406) 465-4848


Tokeby Mixon, Athlos Academy Social Emotional Learning teacher accused of tickling, and trying to kiss a male student



According to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, a former teacher at Jefferson Parish’s Athlos Academy was detained and charged with indecent behavior with a child after allegedly attempting to kiss a student.

Tokeby Mixon, 35, of Harvey, was apprehended on December 21, according to Capt. Jason Rivarde, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.

Photo from JPSO

According to Athlos Executive Director Cheryl Martin, Mixon had worked at the Terrytown charter school for three years.

“Once notified of the allegation, we immediately notified local authorities and placed [Mixon] on leave,” Martin said.

She claimed that after the school launched an internal investigation, Mixon was fired.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Mixon was employed as a social-emotional learning specialist at the school, which educates children from kindergarten through eighth grade, at the time of the alleged event. Mixon is listed as a third-grade teacher on the school’s website.

On November 3, a 14-year-old kid complained to a school administrator that Mixon had tried to kiss and tickle him without his consent. As soon as the school called the sheriff’s office, detectives got to work.

Mixon was taken into custody at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center after investigators with the sheriff’s office obtained a warrant for his arrest. On a $10,000 bond, he was let out of the Gretna jail on Tuesday.

Martin claims that prior to the alleged incident on November 3, Athlos Academy had not received any prior complaints against Mixon.

Last known contact information

Address: 4060 Paige Janette Dr. Harvey, LA 70058
Phone: (504) 428-50244

Jail Info

Booking #: 1002242389

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Charles Kirkland, Homer-Center high school business teacher arrested for possession of child pornography



A teacher from the Homer-Center School District has been accused with having child pornography and is currently free on bond.

Charles Allen Kirkland, 31, of Derry Township, was charged on Monday with two counts of child pornography, sharing movies, and using a communication device for unlawful purposes. All three offenses are felonies.

Between July 16 and August 4, five CyberTipline reports from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children alerted Pennsylvania State Police to nine videos. The information was provided by Google, which found the movies in a Google Drive reportedly used by Kirkland.

Some of the movies featured children, which PSP Computer Crime Unit troopers were able to ascertain.

On September 7, after collecting an IP address, the PSP served Comcast with an administrative subpoena demanding the subscriber’s data. Comcast replied on December 7, and on December 9 the police got a search warrant for the Blairsville residence.

Kirkland was discovered napping in a back bedroom by troopers executing the search warrant from the Computer Crimes Task Force and Kiski Valley barracks on December 11. Kirkland allegedly admitted to watching the movies on several electronic devices when being questioned by authorities.

Since 2016, Kirkland has worked for the Homer-Center School District as a business instructor.

According to DASD Superintendent Greg Ferencak, Kirkland, a 2010 alumnus of Derry Area High School, also served as a substitute teacher at DASD during the 2015–16 academic year. Kirkland had the relevant clearances while working at DASD, according to Ferencak.

Kirkland also served as a student teacher at Greater Latrobe School District in 2015, according to a profile page on the website of the Homer-Center School District.

Kirkland is due to show up for a preliminary hearing on December 21 before Magisterial District Judge Kelly Tua Hammers.

Last known contact information

Address: 504 Barnhart Rd, Blairsville, PA 15717
Phone: (724) 459-8706

Court Information

Case #: MJ-10308-CR-0000184-2022 and CP-65-MD-0000895-2022

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Jacob Sumpter, Arkansas City High School Agriculture Education Teacher charged with sexual battery



After a student accused a teacher at Arkansas City High School of inappropriate behavior, the teacher was charged with sexual battery.

According to Ark City police, a student, age 18, claimed to the administration on December 15 that a teacher had touched her improperly and without her consent. The Cowley County District Attorney’s office charged 38-year-old Jacob Sumpter with one count of sexual battery following a police investigation and interview process.

The agriculture education teacher is still on paid administrative leave, according to a release from USD 470, and a long-term substitute teacher has been assigned to take his place. Classes will proceed as scheduled for the students.

On January 30, Sumpter is expected to appear in court.

Last known contact information

Address: 14 Crestwood Dr Arkansas City, KS 67005
Phone: (620) 660-2491

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