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UPDATE: State Seeks Indictment Against Former Middle School Parapro

The former paraprofessional has been charged with sexual battery against a minor.

UPDATE: 1-3-13, 6:55 p.m.

A case against a former paraprofessional at a Forsyth County middle school will need to be presented to the Grand Jury for an indictment before the defendant can be formally arraigned.

The Jan. 2 court date listed on bond paperwork is just a date when Marvin Shane Pilcher, 26, had to report to the DA's office to provide current contact information.

Cumming Patch learned today from the Forsyth County District Attorney's Office [Thursday] that the court date of Jan. 2, assigned to Pilcher is the date that appeared at the bottom of his bond as an arraignment date from the Forsyth County Detention Center.

"However, because he is facing felony charges [one count of sexual battery against a minor] his case must be presented to the Grand Jury for indictment before he is formally arraigned," said Cathy McDougal, the assistant to Chief Assistant District Attorney Sandra Partridge.

As of this writing that date has not yet been determined.

"The only thing that date [Jan. 2, 2013] gave him was to report to the district attorney's office to update his address and telephone number," said McDougal.

McDougal said that the Jan. 2 date is not a hard date, but believes that Pilcher or an attorney updated his address and phone number.

Early last month, Pilcher, a former paraprofessional at Riverwatch Middle School in south Forsyth County, was arrested and charged with one count of sexual battery against a minor, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.

Stay with Cumming Patch on this developing story.

UPDATE: 12-10-12, 5 p.m.

The investigation against Marvin Shane Pilcher, 26, the former paraprofessional at Riverwatch Middle School who is charged with one count of sexual battery against a minor, is still active and ongoing, according to authorities.

“We’re conducting a thorough investigation,” said Major Dan Jagoe, of the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

Pilcher was released from the Forsyth County Detention Center on Friday, Dec. 7, on a $5,610 bond, according to Karleen Chalker, spokesperson of the FCSO. He is scheduled to appear in Superior Court on Jan. 2, 2013.

“The charge against Marvin Shane Pilcher has not been dropped,” wrote Chalker in an e-mail to Cumming Patch. “He is still charged with sexual battery against a minor.”

UPDATE: 12-5-12, 7:46 p.m. (statement from Forsyth County Schools)

Original Article:

A paraprofessional at Riverwatch Middle School in south Forsyth County has been arrested and charged with one count of sexual battery against a minor, according to authorities.

Marvin Shane Pilcher, 26, of Old Atlanta Road, in Suwanee was brought into custody today [Wednesday] and is currently being held in the Forsyth County Detention Center with no bond.

“As a result of the investigation, we made an arrest today,” said Major Dan Jagoe of the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

Jagoe said in a press release that the Forsyth County school system contacted the sheriff’s office on Monday after a student at the school made an outcry to officials. An investigation was launched immediately and is continuing.

Jennifer Caracciolo, spokesperson of Forsyth County Schools, released the following statement at 7:29 p.m. Wednesday.

The administration at Riverwatch Middle School was informed of a sexual battery allegation on Monday, December 3, 2012.  The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office was immediately contacted and an investigation began.

Today [Wednesday] Shane Pilcher, former paraprofessional, was arrested and charged with sexual battery. Mr. Pilcher is no longer employed in the school system. A criminal investigation is ongoing in this matter. 

Forsyth County Schools takes allegations of this nature very seriously. The safety and security of our students is our number one priority. Forsyth County Schools will not tolerate this type of behavior of its employees. Forsyth County Schools will continue to assist the sheriff’s office with their investigation.

The above statement was distributed to Riverwatch Middle School parents and staff this evening [Wednesday], according to Caracciolo.

No additional information is available for release at this time.

Editor's Note: An arrest does not indicate a conviction.

A paraprofessional, often referred to as an aide, is a special-education worker who is not licensed to teach, but performs many duties both individually with students and organizationally in the classroom, according to About.com.

rms defender December 07, 2012 at 01:29 PM
mrs carpenter is not an idiot. why do you think that
rms defender December 07, 2012 at 01:30 PM
oh really, i think kc has done rms a huge favor
rms defender December 07, 2012 at 01:32 PM
finnally!! someone is smart enough to realize what is going on! unlike parent and forsythcotaxpayer
rms defender December 07, 2012 at 01:36 PM
i am cwc and i was the kid he was with! you are messed up
rms defender December 07, 2012 at 01:37 PM
johndoe is smarter than you
rms defender December 07, 2012 at 01:40 PM
i am the kid he worked with! shut your dirty mouth
2Corinth105 December 07, 2012 at 03:59 PM
I know Shane and there are few people I would have enough faith in to say that they are wrongfully accussed, but with Shane I do. How can we help him?
Shane_is_INNOCENT December 07, 2012 at 04:38 PM
I have known Shane for most of my life. He is one of my best friends. I grew up with him. He has never EVER been anything but loving, caring, self-less and good hearted. So you can imagine how i'm feeling right about now. What if someone said that your best friend (you know a best friend inside and out, don't you?) or your father, brother, uncle, cousin did this. Your reaction would be, 'wait- are we talking about the same person here?!' For all of you who DON'T know Shane (and believe me, it's obvious you don't) rest easy, don't worry your little heart out, ya hear?! His life is ruined based on a few accusations (that no one has any idea what they are yet) that haven't been put to trial. God have mercy on whoever it was that started all these lies about one of the best people I know... When the truth comes out- and it always does- you all will know. Shame on you! STOP BULLYING!!
Liz Kennedy (Editor) December 07, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Patchers, While I realize this is a very sensitive story - I will write to say the name calling must stop now or your comments will be deleted by me for violating Our Terms of Use - click here - http://cumming.patch.com/terms - please stick to TOPIC. Thank you. Liz Kennedy, Editor
Anon December 07, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I have a question for the editor: when this entire story comes out and the action may have been completely innocent do you revise the article pr update the story? Right now this man is most likely being falsely accused, or may have done something completely innocent and his reputation and future careers are being ruined because every local news station has posted this article with a large photograph of him. It is a scary thought to me that if I was falsely accused of something or charged with a crime for accidently doing something to a mentally disabled kid, every news station will blast my police report without the entire story with a large photograph of me before they even have any FACTS and I will be recongnized for the rest of my life for something I was completely innocent of. People should educate themselves on the definition of the charge this man is charged with. When I first read this article I imagined he had took a mentally disabled child into a dark place and done something unspeakable to them. Anyone could be guilty of this charge and many people are falsely accused of this crime daily. If you accidently touch someones clothed butt you can be charged with this, and this could be your face above. Does anyone else notice the victim "an innocent battered mentally disabled child" is posting comments on this story, at one point he agreed with another commentor saying Shane is being falsely accused??
Liz Kennedy (Editor) December 07, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Anon, the story will be updated when there is new information released. Thank you for reaching out. Liz Kennedy, Editor
Jay December 07, 2012 at 10:12 PM
I completely agree. My daughter was involved with a mentoring program at RMS and worked closely with Shane for three years. Not once did he EVER do or say anything that was remotely inappropriate. He supported every student unconditionally. Our judicial system states that people are innocent until proven guilty. I cannot imagine that there is anything that could prove that he would be capable of harming a child. Having said that, I also don't want to lose sight that a child and a family clearly believes that they have been through an awful experience. It is not our place to judge Shane or the family. I pray that the truth comes out and all those involved will be able to either clarify questions or pay for their actions. The bottom line is that it is not our place to judge.
family friend December 07, 2012 at 10:37 PM
It is so easy for people to judge others. But I know Shane and this is not true. He would never hurt anyone. He had a hard life going up. And it is sad that this has happened to him. He had made something of himself and now it is all gone due to someone just making up stuff. I feel he should be given his job back and all this junk against him be taken off his record. He is a good GODLY man. And cares for others and would do anything to help someone in need. I am praying for you Shane.
Liz Kennedy (Editor) December 08, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Greetings Patchers, Comments on this article have been temporarily closed until further notice. We will update and/or have a follow up on the article as soon as the information is made available to Cumming Patch. Liz Kennedy, Editor
Liz Kennedy (Editor) December 10, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Hello Patchers, Comments on this article have been reopen since we have updated information. I will strongly advise that if you do comment, please stick to the topic of the article, do not write personal attacks about anyone and keep false information out of it or it will not get posted. See Our Terms of Use - click here - http://cumming.patch.com/terms Liz Kennedy, Editor
Ricky Ricardo December 10, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Looks like Ricky Pilcher doesn't know the difference between charges being dropped and bond.
ReasonablePoster December 11, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Do all of you people who are saying he is "innocent" really think the police arrest people just on speculation? They must have some concrete evidence against him to have made an arrest. They didn't just take the victims "word for it"...seriously, people. Think before you post ignorantly.
Matthew 7:3 December 11, 2012 at 07:34 AM
I have known Shane his entire life. I can say with all of my heart that I don't believe him to be capable of such a heinous act. I'm sure some will read this and of course assume I am saying that because I am close to him, but I assure you I am not. It should be noted however, that he was arrested. He has not been indicted. In regards to whether or not police arrest people on speculation, absolutely they can and do. Specifically in cases such as this. It was only a few years ago that Forsyth County kicked in a man's front door and came in wearing full tactical assault gear to arrest him for raping his girlfriend the night before and all it took was her word. She later wrote a letter explaining how she said it because she was mad at him. Finally, I hope and pray none of you ever have your lives splashed across the internet for the world to dissect and interpret. I hope and pray none of you are ever wrongly accused. I hope and pray none of you ever have to wear the scarlet letter. Judge not, lest ye be judged.
Tammy78 December 11, 2012 at 03:41 PM
There aren't many people in this world that I have so much faith in that I can say they are innocent and know that with all of my heart... I know with all of my heart that Shane did not do this and it has to be a misunderstanding. I have dealt with Forsyth County as a victim and they do arrest and charge based on a victim's statement. So they do just take a person's "word for it".
sh December 11, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Taking this opportunity to teach my child and practice the discipline myself, of waiting until you have the whole story to make a decision as to what you believe. Choosing to walk along side our friend who has shown us love and compassion during our tough times, no matter what.
ReasonablePoster December 11, 2012 at 05:18 PM
I'm not judging anyone, just thinking logically. I don't know him to "know" if he is capable of this like some of you claim. Do you think anyone "thinks/knows" that one of their firends are capable of something like this? If the police were just taking the victims word for it, don't you think they would've just arrested him Monday when it was reported and not wasted two days investigating before an arrest? Come on people...
Bridgett Milam-Crooks December 12, 2012 at 07:05 PM
I'm with "Reasonable..". Crimes like this happen every single day, and I'm grateful that victims find their voice to come forward. Nobody ever suspects someone they know and love and admire, which is the heartbreak for this man's friends when/if he is proven guilty. If he's falsely accused, it'll come out and his band of supporters will be there to help clear his name. In the meantime, be grateful that we have a system that (does its best) to get to the truth. Good or bad.
tj keegan December 12, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Considering that you know nothing about mr. pilltcher and our principal either, you better keep your thoughts to your self
tj keegan December 12, 2012 at 10:26 PM
p.s this is not relating to the topic at all for the principal had nothing to do with the incodent
dcb December 13, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Again you are pre judging don't do that!!You wouldn't do that if it was your son!!!
FellowStudent December 15, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Anyone know if the victim was male or female?
RMS Student March 26, 2013 at 11:50 PM
That "ignorant principle" has changed the lives of more people than you could ever dream of. She does whatever she can to help her students. So Tammy, your argument is invalid considering you have no ties to the situation like my fellow peers and I do.
Lauren Meade May 15, 2013 at 11:26 PM
wow unbelievable. I don't know what to think about this. I have known Shane for years and would never believe him to do such a thing. I hope the truth comes to light and lives aren't shattered. sad for everyone involved.
ReasonablePoster May 23, 2013 at 03:09 PM
HAHAHAHAHAHA!!
Really? June 04, 2013 at 05:03 PM
This makes no sense. LOL. Penny Penn has no control over who the FCSO does or does not arrest before a case comes to her office.

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