Rome BOE fires teacher charged with sexual assault

The Rome Board of Education unanimously voted to fire Rome High math teacher 27 year old James Rodney Lee on Thursday, three months after he was charged with sexually assaulting a student at the school. During an hour and a half session, Rome City Schools Superintendent Gayland Cooper recommended Lee be fired because the Floyd County Superior Court restricted Lee in April from having any contact with any present or former Rome High student, rendering him unable to perform the duties of his job. Lee was charged with sexual assault against a person in custody, cruelty to children and sexual battery and arrested in March. Police reported the male student involved was 16.