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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.

Artesia Davis

Senior Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.
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