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ROCKHILL, S.C. -- A popular Rock Hill School teacher may not be facing fines or jail time after all.

Daniel Johns, 35, a third-grade teacher at Rosewood Elementary School in Rock Hill, is accused of assaulting a 9-year-old girl.

Police say the third-grader had bruises on her arm in the form of a hand and fingerprints from where Johns grabbed her and lifted her up to escort her into his classroom.

Now, police say Johns may be able to have the third-degree assault and battery charge wiped off his record if he successfully completes a counseling and education program.

The program is for first-time offenders only and includes community service.

Captain Mark Bollinger with Rock Hill Police says Johns grabbed the girl after he counted to five and the girl still didn't respond.

He counted, she didn't do it and so it's my understanding he reached down, she was sitting on the floor, he grabbed her real hard, got her up and escorted her to his classroom and apparently had a hold of her so hard and in such a manner that it left some pretty good bruising, Bollinger said.

Police say the girl is not one of Johns' students, but that day was his turn to be the hall monitor in the third grade area.

The principal saw the bruises and called police. District officials say the principal felt Johns went too far; plus it's their job to protect as well as educate kids.

School officials say there have been numerous calls in support of Johns.

Johns was suspended with pay while the district conducted their own internal investigation. He's been with the district since 2002.

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