Ex-teacher assistant to serve 20 years for child molesting

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Shannon Alicia Schmieder

By ALEX McRAE alex@newnan.com Shannon Alicia Schmieder, a former Coweta County teacher assistant charged with having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old male child, was sentenced to 40 years in prison, to serve 20, after pleading guilty Monday to two counts of child molestation, according to Coweta Judicial Circuit Senior Assistant District Kevin McMurry. Coweta Superior Court Judge Jack Kirby imposed the sentence on the recommendation of the DA's office. McMurry was lead prosecutor on the case.
Schmieder worked at Jefferson Parkway Elementary School when the relationship took place. The 14-year-old male victim was not a student at Jefferson Parkway. Authorities learned of the alleged sexual abuse after the victim's parents discovered suspicious messages on their son's computer and brought the computer to the Coweta County Sheriff's Office. A forensic investigation of the computer uncovered more computer messages that showed an explicit sexual relationship had occurred between the teen and the teacher's assistant. Schmieder was arrested and charged following an interview with authorities.

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