An assistant principal at Oglethorpe Point Elementary School was arrested Wednesday morning on an arrest warrant for charges of alleged child molestation.
The Glynn County Police Department arrested Eric Cabrera, 40, at 7 a.m. His arrest follows an investigation into allegations of inappropriate sexual contact with a student on school property in 2014, according to a press release.
Cabrera was a teacher at Oglethorpe Point Elementary at the time. He joined the school’s administration in 2016.
The investigation, which took place over the summer, began after the former student disclosed the inappropriate contact and the Glynn County Police Department was notified, according to the press release.
Police informed the school’s administration last week of the investigation. Cabrera was immediately placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of his case, according to the press release.
“Once notified, the allegation was investigated thoroughly and a Superior Court Judge found that probable cause did exist for Mr. Cabrera’s arrest,” said Glynn County Police Chief John Powell, in a statement. “It was important to bring some resolution to this before the new school year started.”
Glynn County Schools Police provided support during the investigation when needed, Powell said.
Glynn County Schools students return for the first day of school Thursday.
“While this news is very disappointing, we are going to pull together as staff to ensure students have a great school year at Oglethorpe Point Elementary School,” said Virgil Cole, Glynn County Schools superintendent, in a statement.
Cabrera began his education career as a special education paraprofessional at Burroughs-Molette Elementary. He later moved on to teach third grade at Sterling Elementary and fifth grade at Oglethorpe Point, according to his biography on the Oglethorpe Point administration’s webpage, which has since been removed from the site.
Cabrera was chosen as Glynn County’s teacher of the year for the 2012-2013 school year as a fifth-grade science teacher at Oglethorpe Point Elementary.
Oglethorpe Point principal Anna Wiles sent a message to the school’s parents Wednesday morning to inform them of Cabrera’s arrest.
“We will do our best to keep you abreast of information as it comes available from law enforcement,” Wiles wrote to parents. “Despite this unfortunate news, our staff and faculty are prepared for another great year at OPE.”
The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges may come later, according to the press release. Any parents with information that could assist in the investigation are asked to call Clay Palmer, an investigator for Glynn County Police, at 912-554-7847.