Former Salem teacher receives SIS sentence and loses teaching license

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Former Salem Elementary School teacher David Cone who was arrested in Aug. 2015 for sexual assault against a 12-year-old former student, was charged with third-degree battery and sentenced to a one-year suspended imposition of sentence and ordered to pay $2,700 in fines and court costs as well as $5,000 restitution on June 7 in the Circuit Court of Fulton County.

According to the affidavit for warrant of arrest Cone, 38, of Melbourne was said to have committed these acts on two separate occasions.

On Aug. 28 of 2015 Special Agent Becky Vacco interviewed a 17-year-old female, who stated that when she was in sixth grade during the years of 2008 through 2009, her sixth grade teacher, defendant Cone fondled her buttocks on at least two occasions. Once at her residence in Fulton County and once at a friend's house.

Special Agent Vacco interviewed Cone who stated that on one occasion approximately around 2008 or 2009 he intentionally put his hand on the buttocks of the victim at her friend's house in Fulton County.

Cone will not have to register as a sex offender but must permanently surrender his teacher's license within ten days of his plea.

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