Second Creekview Teacher Charged With Sexual Assault

Matthew Tamanini is alleged to have carried out an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 16-year-old Creekview student.

A Creekview High School drama and English teacher has been arrested and charged with two counts of sexual assault following allegations that he conducted a sexual relationship with a student.

Matthew Tamanini, 31, of Canton, allegedly had the affair with the 16-year-old student over a four month period, according to the Cherokee Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office believes at least two sexual assaults occurred on the Creekview campus itself.

These assaults on campus caused the Sheriff's Office to charge Tamanini with two counts of sexual assault against a person in custody.

According to the Cherokee County School District, Creekview High School Principal Adrian Thomas was notified of the relationship on Tuesday and alerted the district's police department. Superintendent Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo authorized an internal investigation, which allowed school police to inform the Sheriff's Office about the misconduct. The Sheriff's Office began their investigation Wednesday morning.

Tamanini was hired by the school district to teach at Creekview in May, 2007. Tamanini is currently being held at the Cherokee Adult Detention Center without bond and is scheduled to go before a magistrate judge Wednesday. 

This is the second such incident involving a Creekview High School teacher in the past two months; .

Kids Deserve Better January 18, 2013 at 04:55 PM
OUR KIDS DESERVE BETTER THAN THIS #3 Shame on you FORMER TEACHER for your comments above. Students will be reading this, and the issue at hand gets lost. The SERIOUSNESS of a teacher, and I use that term lightly in this case, taking advantage of the vulnerability of a young girl is UNACCEPTABLE in every sense of the word! To any teachers reading my posts, please understand, I am not attacking your profession. I'm attacking a total lack of control at Creekview, and I'm sure this isn't the only school where teacher/student "relationships" are occurring. To all the good and decent teachers out there, and my kids have been very blessed with some wonderful teachers, I commend you! You should be outraged by this, as well. YOU DESERVE BETTER, TOO!
CMS Mom January 18, 2013 at 07:39 PM
I am a personal friend of the family involved. I would like to thank you for the kind words. This girl is not a floozy or someone who flashes herself around school. She is a very intelligent girl with a huge heart who is going through hell in this ordeal. To those of you who have shown your support, thank you. To those of you who have blamed her and said awful things, I pray for you. That you never experience a situation like this with your child and have to read the awful things people say about her based upon a few lines in a newspaper.
KW January 19, 2013 at 10:16 AM
Agreed on all points. It was the teacher's/adult's job to hold the line. This teacher blurred many boundary lines between teacher and students and became their friend, long before this incident. I hope admin can find a way going forward to regularly remind staff at CHS of the need to maintain authority boundaries while not jeopardizing good communication and mentoring with students nor creating an atmosphere of paranoia where teachers are too afraid to show any kindness or personal warmth toward a student. To my knowledge they already conduct something like this at least annually.
Retired Teacher January 20, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Yes, KW, the state mandates that teachers watch a video every year about these issues. It doesn't mean everyone will comply. As a former teacher, I liked having the reminder to be careful. I always left the door opened when I was alone with a student. It's time for cameras in the classroom, not just the halls. They are used in daycare centers for everyone's protection. Why not in public schools?
Patricia Saye January 21, 2013 at 03:50 AM
I believe both parties were at fault in this situation, regardless what anyone says


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