A teaching assistant at Rucker-Stewart Middle School has been arrested and fired after authorities said he stole a teacher’s credit card and spanked spending last month.
Le’Marvin Lofton, 35, of Gallatin, is charged with theft of up to $ 1,000 and fraudulent use of a credit card, Sumner County Court records show.
After examining the school’s security camera footage, investigators believe Lofton took the card when the victim and the students left the classroom for lunch on August 5. In the video, he can be seen walking with the class out of the door before stopping.
“Sir. Lofton looked both ways and made sure the hallway was clear before returning to the classroom for about 30 seconds,” according to the arrest affidavit. “Sir. Lofton then walks out of the classroom as another teacher and students walk by. “
Lofton is accused of using the stolen credit card nearly two dozen times over the next five days, according to the report. The amount of unauthorized charges was over $ 800.
Authorities say the 35-year-old was seen on video making a purchase of $ 124.48 at a local liquor store on August 7. He is also accused of spending over $ 200 at a Nashville bar.
Lofton, who was hired earlier this year by the school system, has since been fired, according to a spokesperson for Sumner County Schools.
A criminal hearing for the case is scheduled to be held in Sumner County General Sessions Court on September 20.