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Ex-teacher accused of child molestation bonds out

Unlicensed summer camp where alleged incident occurred shut down by state

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BRUNSWICK, Ga. – A former Glynn County elementary school teacher charged last month with sex crimes involving children posted a $15,000 bond Thursday and was released from jail.

William Lewis Jr., 26. taught first grade last year and was assigned to teach second grade this year at Alatama Elementary School. News4Jax learned that he resigned on Aug. 6.

According to the Brunswick Police Department's arrest report, the incident that led to Lewis' arrest was reported at a summer camp called "It Takes a Village." The report did not give any details, but Lewis was charged with battery, fondling, cruelty toward children and disorderly conduct.

News4Jax also learned that the camp was unlicensed. The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning served a cease-and-desist order on the facility after the investigation of Lewis' inappropriate sexual activity began, but it's not clear if that action was related to the allegations.

In addition to posting bond, conditions of Lewis' release include not consuming alcohol or illegal drugs, staying away from the victims and their families, having no contact with minors and not using social media.

There was no answer at his home on Friday.

Brunswick residents of the neighborhood were surprised to hear about Williams' molestation charges.

"That's frightening," Ronnie Austin said. "I went to Altama when I was just a young kid."

"It's just very shocking because we never have incidents like that, really, here in Georgia," Angela Rhett said. "I mean, it completely shocked everybody."