A former Jackson-Madison County teacher assistant is out on bond and facing an assault charge for slapping a special needs child in September, according to a Wednesday afternoon news release from the Jackson Police Department.
Police said Alvin Wilson, 53, of Humboldt, surrendered at 5 a.m. Wednesday at the police department. Wilson was arraigned on a charge of simple assault at 8 a.m. Wednesday in Jackson City Court. Wilson was released on a $1,000 bond from the Madison County Jail around 9:25 a.m.
Wilson's preliminary hearing has been set for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in city court.
According to police, the police department was contacted by the Tennessee Department of Children's Services about the allegation on Oct. 7.
Police said a joint investigation by DCS and Jackson police determined that Wilson was a teacher's assistant at Isaac Lane Technology Magnet Elementary School and that he slapped an 8-year-old special needs boy on the face during discipline on Sept. 26. The school is located at 746 Lexington Ave. in Jackson.
The Jackson-Madison County School System conducted an investigation and because of the incident, Wilson was terminated.