UPDATE: The Globe reports Peterson has resigned his O'Bryant position.
Rodney Peterson, co-headmaster of the John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, was a finalist to become principal of a Memphis middle school, but withdrew his name after a Memphis TV station reported he was on probation on a domestic-violence charge in Boston.
The Suffolk County District Attorney's office confirmed this morning that Peterson was charged with one count of domestic assault and battery in Dorchester District Court on June 20 of last year and that he admitted to facts sufficient for a finding of guilty on Aug. 18. His case was continued for a probationary period of one year, during which he must complete a certified batterer's intervention program, the DA's office says.
Like School Superintendent Carol Johnson, Peterson started in the Memphis school system. He was serving as assistant principal in a Memphis high school when Johnson appointed him him headmaster of Odyssey High School in South Boston in 2009. When the school department shut Odyssey last year, Johnson named him co-headmaster of the O'Bryant, one of the city's three exam schools.
According to WHBQ, Peterson's wife is a former Memphis TV anchorwoman, who moved to Boston to be with her husband.