Around the Region: Teacher Charged With Sexual Battery, Man Sentenced for Child Porn and Coalition Releases Video About TSPLOST

A look at top Patch stories from around Georgia.

– Canton-Sixes Patch

A  teacher has been charged by Cobb Police with three counts of battery and sexual battery against two students, and the retiring principal has been charged with failure to report two of the incidents.

Cobb Police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said in a release issued late Thursday afternoon that James "Chad" Brigham, 37, of Canton, has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor battery and a single count of felony sexual battery.

Trudie Donovan, who announced earlier this month  at the end of June, was charged for failure to report child abuse, a misdemeanor offense.

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– Cumming Patch

A man, who used a computer file-sharing program under the screen name “fallenone666” to trade child pornography, was sentenced Thursday by United States District Judge Richard W. Story to serve five years in federal prison.

Andrew John Googins, 29, of Cumming, pleaded guilty to distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography on February 3, 2012.

“This defendant collected an enormous number - more than 120,000 - of horrible images and videos portraying the sexual abuse of young children,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates in a press release. “Googins amassed the collection using computer software, and shared the pornography over the Internet with other offenders. He has justly earned a significant sentence for his role in victimizing these children.”

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– Duluth Patch

MAVEN introduced the first of four comedic videos June 21 as part of its effort to educate voters on the proposed TSPLOST.

The organization partnered with COLLYDE and Green Tricycle Studios to produce the series featuring Mr. “Stan Still,” a fictional Atlanta commuter helping metro residents cope with heavy traffic, according to a press release announcing the videos.

"Our hope is that our Gen X/Y peers will catch wind of this comedic series and help push the satire virally -- not just for laughs in their inboxes, but more than anything, to spur the younger generation to be a part of critical decisions shaping our city's future,” said Tara Makarechi, a partner at COLLYDE, in the press release.

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