FIRST ON WITN: Junior ROTC Instructor Charged

Ayden police say a Junior ROTC teacher has been arrested.

Joseph Mitchell was charged today with indecent liberties with a student. The 43-year-old man was released on a $5,000 bond.

Ayden police chief Tim Moseley confirmed for WITN that the victim in this case was 14 years old.

The instructor was suspended from his job last month at Ayden-Grifton High School after the investigation began.

Moseley says their investigation shows Mitchell picked up the girl at the Piggly Wiggly in Ayden, and drove her to her home. Police say the child's mother was not at home and Mitchell is accused of inappropriate and unwanted touching.

Moseley says as far as he knows it only happened one time.

Mitchell is due in court tomorrow.

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  • by i understand Location: not important on Apr 24, 2009 at 07:11 PM
    To all those who thought she was doing it for the attention well your all wrong...i go to school with her and she is picked on and harrassed and threatened everyday for telling the truth....i think it is horrible what some parents are teaching their kids...when someone reports a harassment they want support yes esp. if it was true but this girl who i know now has lost all of her friends. She had no grudge against the man obliviously because she took a ride from him, she didnt want what happened and i know this she feels bad that he got fired but why should she have kept it locked up inside and eventually end up in therapy??? she did the right thing reporting it and if no one in our school wants to beleive that SFC mitchell could have done some thing like that well for those people all i have to say is what if it was you?? or your sister?? and you were put in that situation. She never asked 4 attention, for al you who made her feel ashamed of the truth shame on you!!
  • by Meagan Location: Ayden on Apr 2, 2009 at 04:47 PM
    If this was supposed to be the only offence or only happened one time then why do you automatically assume it is true? What if the girl is lying? Some teenagers would do it for the attention, why must we assume that it happened?
  • by Mother Location: Washington on Apr 2, 2009 at 10:26 AM
    There were three stories on the news like this last night. What is wrong with people these days. These are children for Christ's sake. We are supposed to be there protectors not there abusers and users. We are to take care of them not hurt them. I feel so much empathy for children in today's times.
  • by Susan Location: G'Ville on Apr 2, 2009 at 08:19 AM
    What do you mean - where was the mother. Probably at work like most mothers today. What was a 14-year old doing out alone. Get real people. She was 14 and shopping in a local small town store - duh. You never went to the store alone at 14. Ayden is small and friendly and a foot town for kids. She knew the guy as a role model. Why wouldn't she accept a ride home from the store. That didn't give him rights if the charges are true. Let the judge and jury try him but don't blame the kid or her mother at this point either.
  • by AG Boy Location: Ayden on Apr 2, 2009 at 06:38 AM
    I dont beleive that he would do anything to anyone. I had him in JROTC in he was a good man. But i cant believe that this would happen to a good man but something like this will mess your job up even if you did not do it. He would never do that but SFC Mitchell is innocent yall think what yall wont but i know he would never do this!
  • by old jrotc student Location: ayden on Apr 1, 2009 at 08:00 PM
    I was in the jrotc many, many moons ago and we, as a whole, considered ourselves as a family. I came from a single parent home and my jrotc instructor helped get me to and from practice and competitions so that I could fully participate as a student. Could I have made up some story and gotten him into serious trouble? Yes. I just think you should wait to pass judgement until the entire story is put out there. At this point we are only getting a portion of what is going on and to be fair to all parties involved we need to be a little more patient.
  • by A-G c/o 91' Location: Greenville on Apr 1, 2009 at 06:44 PM
    Where was the JROTC when I went there??? I guess "Cornfield county high" has gone big time. Too bad the teacher has already been convicted in the public opinion court.
  • by Meagan Location: Ayden on Apr 1, 2009 at 04:38 PM
    why are you all convicting a man for something he most likely in the eyes of the students didnt do?
  • by Myself on Apr 1, 2009 at 04:31 PM
    It gets a little old to keep hearing people side with these accused perverts. That is EXACTLY why so many creeps keep doing this, until someone finally reports them. The perverts get the sympathy and the poor victims get even more trauma. The perverts love your support. I know, my dad is one, yet he has never been prosecuted because he always talks his way out of it and fools believe him. Until it is their daughter. This is exactly why I will homeschool my children starting next year. Three stories in one day here of sex charges. Start castrating them when they are found guilty and that will put some kind of deterrent in place, maybe.
  • by john Location: winterville on Apr 1, 2009 at 03:57 PM
    wow! already convicted here. must be nice to have so much faith in a 14-year-old. how many times did you lie as a teen????
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