Creekview Teacher Arrested, Charged With Sexual Assault

The special education teacher was arrested for an alleged sexual relationship with a Creekview student.

A Creekview High School teacher has been arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student who attends the school, authorities say.

According to a press release from the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, they were informed Tuesday by the Cherokee County School District of allegations of misconduct by 31-year-old Adam Blake Bearden, a special education teacher at Creekview since 2010. On Tuesday evening, Sheriff's deputies searched Bearden's Ball Ground home.

Sheriff's deputies believe the relationship lasted for three months and took place off-campus.

The school district said in a press release that after they conducted their own investigation of the initial claims against Bearden, which began Monday, they immediately contacted the Sheriff's Office.

The release said that Bearden had been "reassigned to a non-school workplace" before the start of classes Wednesday morning.

Bearden turned himself in Wednesday afternoon and is currently being held without bond at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center. He is being charged with four counts of sexual assault.

According to Bearden's personnel file with Cherokee County Schools, before coming to Creekview Bearden had been a biology teacher at Georgia College and State University from 2003-04. He earned his master's degree in biology from that institution in July, 2004. He earned dual bachelor's degrees from Emory University in 2002 for biology and environmental studies.

From 2002-07, Bearden owned his own mechanic shop, Bearden Motor Company. In his personnel file, he listed "career change" as the reason that he left this line of work.

Josh Goodwin November 29, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Graduated from this school in 2010......by far the most disturbed man I've ever come in contact with. I knew he didn't belong as a member of society. What a vicious animal. A heinous crime. God bless this victims family. Surely justice will be served. He got off on writing children up for in school suspension, pathetic
Mae Coutts November 29, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Josh Goodwin, really? Ha, she's as far guilty as he is. It's not like he raped her. She was okay with everything. So before you go calling her a "victim", I'd think about it a little bit more.
Math4all-Woodstock November 29, 2012 at 05:40 PM
High School students may think they are old enough to make informed decisions about relationships and physical encounters, however when one individual is almost double the other's age often there occurs some emotional manipulation occurring to the younger participant. Willing or not, she may still be a victim. 1 out of every 4 girls are sexually molested by the age of 18, and quite a few are 'groomed' by the older participant. Unless you have experienced this kind of event personally or have seen a close family member go through it, a more comapssionate stance for the student might be appropriate.
d November 29, 2012 at 06:01 PM
doesn't matter. He's a TEACHER! He is in a position of power and regardless of anything else, he is the Teacher. She is a minor, not for her to decide!
Nathan Dotson November 29, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Wow I remember this guy.. What a creep.
Ashley November 29, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Mrs. Hilton, I very much agree with the speed at which they are handled. In our experiance, with our then kindergartener it was a terrible experiance dealing with BOE who tried to distance themselves as far as possible from any truth of what happened and only allowing the school "police" to investigate the incident. We had TEACHERS and PRINCIPALS who did VERY wrong and all supported eachother and their twisted web of lies. We are also praying for this family as they go through their tough time.
Michelle Smith November 29, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Let's keep in mind that everyone is innocent until proven guilty! Sometimes when things don't go the way kids want, they say things against others that are not true. Blake is a very good person and a man of GOD. I have never known him to harm anyone. I know that GOD will watch over him and the truth shall be revealed. Many prayers for him and his family as they go through this tuff time. Stay strong Blake! GOD is on your side. You have alot of support backing you! Matthew 7:1 "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. Matt 7:2-5 "For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged. I feel that all details should be found out before just assuming someone is guilty. That's all. No one in this world is perfect....If we were we wouldn't have to turn to GOD to help us. I was also raised to know that there is always two sides to every story and that there is only one judge that we have to account to.
amanda smith November 29, 2012 at 08:21 PM
ok this makes me sick. he is my daughters teacher. and to read all of this make me sick. He was the adult know matter what he should of stopped it. i feel for the child going thourgh this and the family of the teacher. My thoughts and prayers are with them.
Sherri Hilton November 29, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Ashley, We were treated the same way...when we went in the next day to tell them what happened we were treated like we were the ones that had done something wrong....And I never felt welcome there again...You know an apology would go along way in my book...I didn't expect it until he was convicted,but we haven't heard a word from them since the conviction....They need to know that our children are human...They are not a number nor are they robots....I am so sorry for whatever happened to your family.....I hate to hear stories like this....I will have to say that the special education department in the County did everything that they could to be accommodating...But the school was a different story....And the higher ups....
l November 29, 2012 at 08:48 PM
From a family member of the TEACHER. Maybe you all need to get the facts before you start RUNNING your mouth about stuff you dont even know about.
Frank Jones November 29, 2012 at 09:51 PM
I do not condone this type of behavior - teacher student relationships - however, at this point he is "innocent until proven guilty". That said, Georgia has some interesting laws such as the "age of consent" being 16. Georgia's age of consent is ridiculously low and needs to be changed to 18. Until then, any adult can prey upon our children aged 16-17 without fear punishment. Unless there is a law prohibiting teacher-student relationships, he'll walk even if he committed the acts. I know in other states it isn't against the law as long as the student isn't in the teacher's class. What is Georgia's law? Here's an article from 2009 regarding such as case in Georgia: http://abcnews.go.com/WN/lawmaker-worry-teachers-sex-students/story?id=9157141
rhonda johnson November 30, 2012 at 12:48 AM
it is up to the adult to say NO...but, i also think thier is only one thing worse than an adult sexually engaging with a young person.. and that is any one young or old accusing someone of that serious a crime...why? because it hurts all the people who have been or are sexually abused...i pray for everyone in this situation..not just these 2 but, all who have or are or will have to go through something like this...
Kerry Walker November 30, 2012 at 03:46 AM
What this teacher did is not right and he made some bad decisions but does anyone understand that this is over-kill to arrest this man on five (5) Felony Crimes, hold him without bond, and then go through everything in his home for having consensual sex!? This was a consensual relationship for goodness sake. The fact is the student actually instigated it. What happened to, "Judge ye not lest ye be judged." This teacher is no monster. Peace and blue skies...
Patricia Saye November 30, 2012 at 04:07 AM
I think Cherokee County jumped to conclusions before all the facts were gathered in this case, where the teacher and the student is concerned, but never the least that's how Cherokee County has always worked, not gathering all the facts in a case before they make arrest
Patricia Saye November 30, 2012 at 04:24 AM
My comment goes to the Cherokee County Sheriff which is Roger Garrison jumping to conclusions before he gathers all the facts, in any case
Patricia Saye November 30, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Roger I just want to remind you of what my parents always said when we were growing up,they always told us that they were two sides to every story
Patricia Saye November 30, 2012 at 05:48 AM
My parents always told us when we were growing up, that you could not judge a book by its cover , that you had to open the book and read it
Justin Ove (Editor) November 30, 2012 at 06:50 AM
Folks, Let's not jump to conclusions here. For all we know, these two could be hopelessly in love or this guy could be taking advantage of a teenage girl. The point is, we don't know. Wait for some more facts to come out before we run this guy out of town on a rail. Best, Justin
Patricia Saye November 30, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Patricia Saye November 30, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Roger Garrison the Sheriff of Cherokee County is best known for jumping to conclusions about everything,and what of sheriff do we call that
Patricia Saye November 30, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Kind of a sheriff would Cherokee County.citizens call him
Michelle Smith November 30, 2012 at 04:21 PM
I couldn't agree with you more! I think the public also jumped way to quick to assume guilty. Get ALL the facts before assuming is what I say.
S November 30, 2012 at 11:57 PM
As a teacher, we are taught that It is against the law for a teacher to have a relationship with a student in GA. Same thing for doc/patient type relationship too. It all boils down....he knew it was against the law & he broke it.
B December 01, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Y'all all blame him it seems like but he did not make her as they said it lasted three months she could of easily told ... It takes two
Patricia Saye December 02, 2012 at 06:52 AM
I will have to agree with the very last comment that was left about the teacher and the student
Rajean Craig December 02, 2012 at 01:52 PM
I raised a daughter in Maine who was kidnapped two weeks after her 14th birthday, given drugs, alcohol and a 26 year old MARRIED-WITH-INFANT boyfriend to live with for two weeks. When they all returned to the State there were no charges. The following year she was raped and beaten by 5 guys from her school - there were NO CHARGES, not even an investigation. These are just two incidents of 30 years of injustices and I wouldn't raise a dog in Maine but, there are people like myself who are not concerned with "overkill" in this incident. Unless you wantGa to become a lawless State like Maine be ggrateful that you HAVE a system that at least tries to work itself out.
KELLI December 02, 2012 at 02:04 PM
How many other's have been abused by this creep, the story doesn't say... They never only pick on one girl....
Michelle Smith December 03, 2012 at 01:36 AM
He had two degrees from Emory, and a masters from GCSU. So no, he isn't some dumb jock coach. He is an intelligent man, and from my experiences with him, one of morality and common sense. This sort of thing was unlike him in many ways. He is a good man. Maybe you should get your bible out and read Matthew 7:1-2
Patricia Saye December 03, 2012 at 05:21 AM
I will have to agree with Michelle Smih about the teacher
Retired Teacher January 25, 2013 at 05:58 PM
Nobody cares what we think. The law is the law.


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