(USA TODAY) DETROIT — The swimming instructor in charge of the class where a high school student drowned last year in Eastpointe, Mich., opted to change into his swimming clothes rather than jump into the pool when he learned that a boy was struggling in the water, authorities revealed Tuesday.
The instructor also was not certified as a swim teacher and was in the bleachers at East Detroit High School on Nov. 8 — not in the pool where he should have been — when students in the remedial swimming class ran to tell him that 14-year-old KeAir Swift was in trouble, Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said.
Smith said his office on Monday authorized a charge of involuntary manslaughter against Johnathan Lamonte Sails, 24, of Detroit. The charge carries a potential 15-year prison sentence and/or $7,500 fine for a conviction.
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