Former Point Elementary School principal found not guilty of lewd, indecent conduct charges

By Staff Report

Former Point Elementary School principal Jim Walters was found innocent of lewd and indecent conduct charges, Judge Joseph Murphy ruled Friday, Oct. 26.

Walters was issued a summons March 16 at Concourse and McKinley, which states, “I observed subject Walters grab his genitales (sic) while talking to a person in his vehicle who later confessed to what was happening.”

Walters’ trial occurred Sept. 25 in St. Louis Municipal Court. Former park ranger Tim McGarity, who issued the summons and is now a utility officer, was the only witness, though Walters was present.

Walters served as Point’s principal since July 1, 2007. After district officials learned of the allegations against Walters, the principal was placed on paid administrative leave.

In June, the Board of Education voted unanimously to terminate Walters’ employment with the district.

Superintendent Eric Knost told the Call because the ruling is “related to a personnel issue,” it is not the district’s policy to comment on personnel matters.

“But the district still stands behind the decisions that we’ve made,” Knost said.

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