Principal of Phoenix Magnet Elementary School Arrested for Cruelty to a Minor


ALEXANDRIA, Louisiana (KALB) – The principal of Phoenix Magnet Elementary School in Alexandria has been indicted by a grand jury for cruelty to minors.

John Grimes, Jr., 62, was indicted by a Rapides Parish grand jury on Tuesday for a complaint dating back to Sept. 10, 2021. Grimes attended the Rapides Parish Jail shortly after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and was deposited a sum of $25,000. deposit just before 11:30 a.m.

The Alexandria Police Department told us they were investigating the case after a parent at the school came forward about the discipline of their child. The case was assigned to the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office and then to a grand jury for review. The grand jury’s findings were sealed until Grimes was arrested.

The case is being prosecuted by Christopher Bowman. An arraignment date has not yet been set.

We contacted the Rapides Parish School Board about the arrest. We received this statement from Superintendent Jeff Powell, which reads:

“We have been made aware of the allegations against one of our principals and are cooperating fully with law enforcement. As you know, we cannot comment on open investigations. However, we will continue to focus on providing a safe learning environment for students at Rapides Parish Public Schools.

When we asked about Grimes’ current status with the school board and whether he remains employed, we were told they couldn’t comment.

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