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Teacher still investigated

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is continuing to probe the case of a former McDuffie County schoolteacher and band director in Thomson.

Gary Nicholson, special agent in charge of the GBI Region 7 Office in Thomson, said Monday the former educator remains under investigation, but has not been arrested or charged with any crime. The investigation centers on the teacher's reported involvement with a 14-year-old girl through a social networking Internet site in the summer.

Brad Pirkle, of Johns Road in Thomson, had served as band director at Thomson Middle School and Thomson-McDuffie Junior High School. When McDuffie County School Superintendent Jim LeBrun learned Mr. Pirkle was under investigation by the state law enforcement agency, he was called in for a meeting and later tendered his resignation.

Mr. Pirkle has refused repeated attempts to be interviewed by The McDuffie Mirror. He was with the McDuffie County School System for nine years and is a former Thomson Middle School Teacher of the Year.

"We're still waiting on the forensic report from the crime lab on a hard drive seized from a computer in this case," Agent Nicholson said.

GBI Special Agent Charles Kicklighter is in charge of the case.

Web posted on Thursday, September 24, 2009

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