A teaching assistant at Rucker-Stewart Middle School has been arrested and fired after authorities say he stole a credit card from a teacher and went on a spending spree last month.
Le’Marvin Lofton, 35, of Gallatin, is charged with theft up to $1,000 and fraudulent use of a credit card, according to Sumner County court records.
After reviewing school security camera footage, investigators believe that Lofton took the card when the victim and students left the classroom for lunch on Aug. 5. In the video, he can be seen walking with the class out of the door before stopping.
“Mr. Lofton looked both ways and made sure the hallway was clear before going back into the classroom for approximately 30 seconds,” according to the arrest affidavit. “Mr. Lofton then walks out of the class as another teacher and students pass by.”
Lofton is accused of using the stolen credit card nearly two dozen times during the next five days, according to the report. The amount of unauthorized charges totaled more than $800.
Authorities say the 35-year-old was seen on video making a $124.48 purchase at a local liquor store on Aug. 7. He is also accused of spending more than $200 at a Nashville bar.
Lofton, who was hired earlier this year by the school system, has since been terminated, according to a spokesperson for Sumner County Schools.
A criminal hearing for the case is scheduled to be held in Sumner County General Sessions Court on Sept. 20.