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Former South teacher indicted in sex crimes

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Gwinnett grand jury this week indicted a former high school teacher on charges he sexually assaulted a female student two years ago.

Demetrius Mordecai Johnson, 40, is charged with sexual assault against a person in custody for allegedly having sexual contact with a South Gwinnett High School student.

Johnson was also indicted on a second charge of sexual battery for allegedly inappropriately touching another female's buttocks in the same month.

The incidents happened on consecutive days beginning April 26, 2006, according to an indictment released Wednesday. Johnson was arrested on May 18 of that year.

Johnson taught at South Gwinnett from October 2005 until the month of his arrest when he resigned, Gwinnett Public Schools spokesman Jorge Quintana said.

Johnson was released from the Gwinnett County Jail on $23,200 bond three days after his first arrest. He was arrested on a failure to appear charge on Nov. 6 and jailed for nearly a month, according to jail records.

Johnson's arraignment on the sex crime charges is expected within a month.

In another case, five men were indicted for two separate robberies against women in January.

Three men used a handgun to steal money from a female victim on Jan. 3, while the same trio was joined by two others in robbing another woman of money on Jan. 24, according to an indictment released Wednesday.

Those accused of both robberies include Daniel Gijon-Lopez, Rigoberto Nunez-Valle and Jairo Suriano-Aguilar. They face two counts of armed robbery.

Also charged with one count of armed robbery are Enrique Duarte and Jose Hernandez-Marquez.