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Va. school volunteer turns self in

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A Fairfax County elementary school volunteer was charged with two counts of aggravated sexual battery after an investigation found that two 7-year-old students had been allegedly inappropriately touched at Groveton Elementary School where he volunteered, according to police.

The alleged offenses took place in May, police said.

Fairfax County police arrested George Ball, 75, of the 5900 block of Mount Eagle Drive, after Ball turned himself in on Wednesday.

-- Keith L. Alexander

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 10, 2010; 8:59 AM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , Keith L. Alexander , Schools  
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this is why I'll never volunteer to work with children.
one clumsy slip and you get accused of aggravated sexual battery.

the guy is 75 years old and "allegedly inappropriately touched" 2 kids.

that is so vague and could mean anything or even nothing, that its ridiculous to print the charges.

to paraphrase one of my old favorite comercials; "where is the beef?"

Posted by: MarilynManson | September 10, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

to MarilynManson:

How strange that you automatically question the victims in this. You must not have kids.

Posted by: glt1979 | September 10, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

GLT1979,

I have kids, and I have to agree with MarilynManson. The charges are very vague, and there are alway at least 2 sides to every story.

That being said, if the charges are true, this guy needs to be nailed to the wall.

I would hate to be a male teacher these days. Any word, glance, or even a touch could get construed as sexual harrassment.

Posted by: kernunnos1367 | September 10, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

to glt1979. re-read my original comment.

I am questioning why these charges were PRINTED.
As in, why is the Post just reporting these vague allegations?
Not whether or not the police should of charged the man, or what the kids might of said.
Unless the Post has enough information about a case to make it clear someone is being charged with actually committing a serious offense and can support that with a few details, don't bother printing it.

Posted by: MarilynManson | September 10, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

It's not safe for a male to be employed or to volunteer in a school or other facility where there are children. It's just sad that it's this way. Some of the guys aren't good guys...but others are and have been ruined by the lies of kids fortified by parents or other authority figures.

Posted by: DecafDrinker | September 10, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Why would a 75 year old man volunteer to work with children that young? I'm sure the school will accept help but unless you have grandchildren in that particular class. Kids are very active at that age; I'm 58 and would find trying to keep up with them somewhat taxing. I hope he's not guilty.

Posted by: skinfreak | September 12, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

correction: I meant to say unless you have children in that particular class, I would hesitate as a teacher to let you interact with other people's children.

Posted by: skinfreak | September 12, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

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