HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) An aide in an Horry County school is now facing an assault charge after reportedly scratching a child he was trying to help when the student pulled away from the school employee.
According to a police report obtained by WMBF News, officers with the Horry County Police Department responded to North Myrtle Beach Intermediate located at 700 Sandridge Road in Little River on Tuesday after a child claimed he had been assaulted by a staff member.
The 11-year-old's mother told police that the staff member, Cicso Michael Gordyk, 64, had removed the child's shirt and scratched him. The mother also said the child was in the nurse's office because he smelled strongly of urine and the nurse was attempting to get the child to change clothes and clean himself up.
The report stated the child told officers he did not want to change and Gordyk then came in and told the child he had to do so. The victim then said Gordyk pulled his shirt off and he struggled to get away from Gordyk, resulting in scratches.
Officers then spoke with Gordyk to get his side of the story. Because Gordyk worked in a classroom with the child and personally knew him, school officials asked him to persuade the victim into washing so he wouldn't smell of urine anymore, the report said.
Gordyk told police he helped the child remove his shirt and then the child pulled away. At that time, Gordyk said he told the nurse to tell the child's mother the child wasn't listening.
Gordyk was then placed under arrest for assault and battery in the third degree.
Horry County Police told WMBF News Gordyk was arrested because there were visible injuries on the child, but based on the information provided to them, his charge remained simple assault and there was no evidence of a higher degree of assault.
He was booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center and was released on $1,000 bond.