The Rome Board of Education unanimously voted to fire Rome High math teacher James Rodney Lee on Thursday, three months after he was charged with sexually assaulting a student at the school.

Lee, 27, was charged with sexual assault against a person in custody, cruelty to children and sexual battery and was arrested in March.

Police reported the male student involved was 16.

The hearing was held because Lee did not accept the superintendent’s recommendation to resign, Cooper said. He did not attend the hearing.  RNT