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Bearden High School instructor petitions for reinstatement

A Bearden High School instructor has petitioned the Knox County Schools Superintendent Dr. Charles Lindsey for reinstatement after resigning following a misdemeanor arrest.

Lt. Cmdr. Richard Cataldi, Junior ROTC instructor at BHS, petitioned Lindsey Monday, according to the superintendent’s office.

Cataldi who was arrested for misdemeanor simple assault following a response to the Cataldi Bellfield Road residence Sunday, Oct. 5.

According to the police report, Mary F. Cataldi called 911 during an argument with her husband.

Mary Cataldi stated that she was in an argument with her husband and he tore the decorations off the front of the residence, poured gasoline on the his wife’s vehicle when she threatened to leave, and broke two telephones in the residence after she called police.

Knox County police officers noted that Cataldi stated he did tear off the decorations, did pour gasoline on his wife’s vehicle and did break two telephones after his wife called 911.

Police said Cataldi stated that his wife had hit him in the face with the lid of the residence garbage can.

Police further said Mary Cataldi stated that she accidentally made contact with the garbage can lid to her husband’s face.

Cataldi was taken into custody and transported to the Knox County Detention Center on Maloney Road.

Russ Oaks, spokesman for Knox County Schools, said, “Procedure in matters like this are to place the subject on paid leave while an investigation is completed.”

Oaks said Cataldi was approached by KCS investigators Wednesday, Oct 8, and resigned.

Oaks added that as of Tuesday, Oct. 21, the response from Dr. Lindsay was that “he had accepted the resignation of Mr. Cataldi.”

A Knox County Criminal Court clerk confirmed that a hearing for Cataldi is slated for Nov. 4.

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