Lawyer for Tutor Accused of Assaulting 7-Year-Old Says Police Didn’t Thoroughly Investigate

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Timothy Randall Korr, Courtesy BPD
Timothy Randall Korr, Courtesy BPD

An attorney for Timothy Randall Korr, the 25-year-old former charter school employee charged with assaulting a 7-year-old boy, has offered up his client’s account of what happened at City Springs Elementary/Middle School on Monday.

Korr, an assistant teacher at the East Baltimore school, is accused of slamming second-grader Travon Grayson into a wall while taking him to the principal’s office. The boy suffered a fractured jaw, lost a couple teeth and had to be hospitalized.

As a result of the incident, Korr was let go by his employer, charter school operator Baltimore Curriculum Project, and faces up to 85 years in jail on felony charges of child abuse and assault, among other offenses.

Police charged Korr after reviewing surveillance video from the school. But according to Korr’s lawyer, Kurt Nachtman, authorities didn’t fully investigate the case. Nachtman has said the incident was an accident and that Korr was bringing Grayson down to the principal’s office because two boys in the classroom told the tutor that the boy had a gun on him. According to Korr’s account, the real or replica gun that he says Grayson had was taken in the nurse’s office.

Police didn’t make any mention of a gun threat being involved in the case earlier this week. Spokesman T.J. Smtih told the AP last night that they had no information about a gun.

Nachtman said today by phone, “We are disappointed in the fact that it does not appear the Baltimore Police Department has conducted any thorough investigation, and that they did not take statements from witnesses or obtain all of the evidence that was available to them.”

He added, “We’re looking forward to our day in court.”

Korr was arrested on Wednesday and held on $250,000 bail. Court records he’s been let out after posting bond yesterday.

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