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Bibb Co. school teacher arrested on alleged theft charges

Robert Shepherd/BSO

MACON, Ga. -- A Bibb County Schools teacher faces more than 50 felony charges of theft and financial transaction card fraud.

According to an arrest report obtained by WGXA News, Robert Shepherd, 37, of Macon is accused of having stole and/or embezzled over $6,000 from the Bibb County Association of Educators -- an affiliate of the Georgia Association of Educators and the National Education Association. Shepherd served as President of the organization from June 2014-August 2016.

The district is scheduled to hold a session next Tuesday to decide if Shepherd will be terminated.

In the report, investigators say an anonymous member of the organization came forward to report the alleged theft overtime. The report also states that since a leadership change in the organization, Shepherd hasn't been forthcoming with finances of the organization, has closed accounts without the board's approval and allegedly served members of the board with gag orders.

Bethany Ray, the former treasure/secretary of the organization, is also said to be a possible culprit in the theft, according to the report.

An arrest warrant states that from 2015 to 2016 Shepherd allegedly used the association funds for his own personal benefit. The expenses include restaurants, pubs, hotels, airline tickets, car rental, and UBER rides.

Shepherd serves as a Digital Writing Teacher at Bibb School's L.H. Williams Elementary, but has been placed on administrative leave since he turned himself in to face the charges and posted a $50,000 bond in February. Most recently, several parents have created an online petition to show their support for Shepherd to remain employed.

According to the school district's website, Ray serves as an Academic Technology Coach. It's unclear if she was arrested on the allegations.

WGXA contacted the Bibb Schools on the incident, however they declined to comment on personnel matters.

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