September 16, 2021

Accused high school teacher resigns

(Franklin, GA) — A teacher arrested last week and accused of an alleged inappropriate relationship with a student has resigned this week.

Heard County Superintendent Jerry Prince confirmed to Heard Citizen Wednesday afternoon that Thomas W. Sickman tendered his resignation paperwork earlier this week.

His resignation was accepted by a unanimous vote by the Heard County School Board in an emergency called meeting Tuesday night at the Board of Education in Franklin.

Sickman turned himself into local authorities last Thursday after a warrant was issued charging him with Sexual Assault by Person with Supervisory or Disciplinary Authority.

He was released from the Heard County jail on Friday after posting a $10,000.00 bond.

The teacher and coach is accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with an 18-year-old student. Stay tuned to for further information as it becomes available.

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