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Man accused of biting girl’s butt identified as Gwinnett teacher
Dacula man charged in incident at Lanier Islands
Jonathan William Herbert
Jonathan William Herbert

A Dacula man accused of biting a 14-year-old girl’s buttocks in Lake Lanier is a Gwinnett County Public Schools teacher, according to authorities.

Jonathan William Herbert, 30, works at Snellville Middle School, said school system community relations director Bernard Watson.

“Our HR department has started an investigation after learning about his arrest,” Watson said.

The girl was playing in the lake near the beach area of Lanier Islands on Wednesday, July 4, when Herbert allegedly “swam under the water and bit the girl,” said Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth.

“Herbert, who was intoxicated at the time of the incident, has no known ties to the victim or her family,” Booth wrote in a news release.

The girl was with her family at Lake Lanier, and the incident was reported by witnesses.

Herbert was charged with battery, second-degree child cruelty, public drunkenness and sexual battery against a child under the age of 16.

He was taken in to custody around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and booked Thursday in to the Hall County Jail. He has since been released.

No attorney information was available Friday afternoon with court officials.