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Middle school teacher accused of spanking students released from jail

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Chris Petrasek (Source: Oakridge Middle School website) Chris Petrasek (Source: Oakridge Middle School website)
Chris Petrasek (Source: York County Sheriff's Office) Chris Petrasek (Source: York County Sheriff's Office)

LAKE WYLIE, SC (WBTV) - A York County middle school teacher who is accused of spanking three male students has been released from jail, just six hour after turning himself in to deputies.

Chris John Petrasek, 48, was booked in the York County Detention on Wednesday morning at 11:35 a.m., charged with two counts of Assault and Battery 3rd Degree.  Petrasek, with his attorney, came into speak with investigators around 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.

During a bond hearing at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Petrasek was released on a written promise to appear in court.

Investigators say several 12-year-old students at Oakridge Middle School claim Chris Petrasek bent them over his lap and spanked them with his bare hand. One victim told investigators that he was held by the neck and leaned forward over the desk and struck by Petrasek.

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This was allegedly punishment for things like getting a low grade or talking out of turn in class.

Accusers told investigators that blows on the buttocks stung and they were extremely embarrassed by the spankings and intimidated by Petrasek. The alleged incidents occurred between September and November 2011.

School officials say Petrasek has not been at school since Monday, November 21.

The Clover School District policy does not allow the use of corporal punishment, district spokesman Mychal Frost told WBTV.

"Corporal punishment is not acceptable and will not be tolerated in any fashion as a form of punishment," said Frost.

Petrasek, a 7th grade math teacher and wrestling coach at the school, was placed on administrative leave from his teaching job. He has been a teacher in the district since 2007.

As a part of his release, a judge has ordered Petrasek not to have any contact with any of the alleged victims in the case.

He is scheduled to be back in a York County courtroom on January 5th.

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