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Former elementary teacher convicted of abusing child with autism

Source: Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) - A former teacher has been found guilty on three counts of child abuse while teaching at an Okaloosa County elementary school.

Marlynn Stillions was found guilty on Saturday after a two-day jury trial.

The charges concerned acts committed by Stillions during the 2015-2015 school year at Kenwood Elementary in Fort Walton Beach. Stillions taught a pre-kindergarten class for children with disabilities.

The victim, a 5-year-old boy with autism, was non-verbal. The State Attorney’s Office said Stillions tripped, kneed, and shoved the boy to the ground.

Sentencing has been scheduled for December 6. State sentencing guidelines call for a 33 month state prison sentence with the maximum of 15 years state prison.

The case was investigated by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.

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