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QUESTION: What was the outcome of the case where a Sacramento teacher slapped a student on the buttock at Hiram W. Johnson High School? The teacher's name was Timothy Carter, a math teacher.
Submitted by: Hailey, Sacramento
ANSWER: A Sacramento County jury found Hiram Johnson High School math teacher Tim Carter not guilty of misdemeanor battery against a student.
Carter faced a single count of battery on school grounds after a female student said he slapped her twice on the buttocks in April 2010.
He was arrested in May and released the same day. His three-day trial in December 2010 ended in the not-guilty verdict.
According to a story in The Bee, two students and a fellow math teacher testified on Carter's behalf during the trial, and shortly after the allegations, more than 300 students signed a petition supporting Carter.
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