Princpal accused of kissing student granted bail
A school administrator accused of the indecent assault of a student spent more than a week in prison before he was freed on $3,500 bail yesterday.
Prosecutors allege that Thomas Whitfield Nottage, 50, a pastor and principal of Grace Christian School, French-kissed a 13-year-old girl in the school’s office on January 29.
Nottage was remanded to prison at his arraignment before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt on February 10.
At a bail application yesterday, defense lawyer Keevon Maynard said Nottage’s accuser no longer attended the school.
He said that Nottage was not a flight risk as he had strong ties to the community, as he had served as pastor of Grace Evangelical Ministries for 20 years.
Maynard said Nottage, a married father of three, categorically denied the allegations against him.
Corporal Samantha Miah, the prosecutor, did not oppose Nottage’s release.
Ferguson-Pratt set bail at $3,500 with a surety on the condition that he reports to the Elizabeth Estates Police Station twice a month. He was also ordered to have no contact with the complainant.
Nottage’s trial has been set for May 12 and 13.
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