Hearing rescheduled for former teacher
August 17, 2004
A retired Douglas County school teacher, in court for a misdemeanor battery charge tied to an allegation she struck a man at a car wash, backed away from giving a guilty plea Tuesday.
Karen McGee, 52, was arrested last month when she allegedly struck Robert Coomes, a 19-year-old from Gardnerville, in the face and threw a rock in his direction. The man was using a bay to dry his car at Sierra Ranchos Car Wash when McGee reportedly pulled up behind him.
Coomes received a bloody mouth from the punch, authorities said. McGee was taken into custody at her home and initially charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon.
She made $25,000 bail.
McGee taught math at Carson Valley Middle School before retiring at the end of the 2003-04.
A 30-day jail sentence would have been waived if she met requirements such as attending anger counseling courses, paying a fine and staying away from Coomes.
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McGee left the courtroom and spoke with attorney Erik Johnson after filling out paperwork at the defense table. McGee said she had a problem with an aspect of sentencing but wouldn’t identify which one.
“I am guilty and I’m willing to be responsible for that,” she said.
The hearing was pushed to Aug. 31 at 1:30 p.m. in Tahoe Township Justice Court.