A Rowan County teacher is facing charges of indecent liberties with a student.
Mark Robert Dexter, 42, was arrested after a complaint was file with law enforcement citing communication with a female student via Facebook Messenger.
The content of the messages implied an improper relationship between Dexter and the student.
According to the police documents, the time stamps on some of the messages showed that Dexter was communicating with the student from his personal cell phone during school hours.
The messages apparently date back to September 9, 2017. The messages show that the Rowan county teacher was making plans for the student to come to his home. It does not appear that had yet occurred, however.
Investigators said that over the course of eight days thousands of messages were exchanged resulting in over 400 pages of evidence in the case.
Dexter lives in the 100 block of Brookstone Way and is being held at the Rowan County detention center on a $150,000 bond.
A second $75,000 bond has been added after a second charge of indecent liberties with a minor was added to Dexter by law enforcement. The second charge involves the same student as the original charges.
Dexter was hired by the Rowan-Salisbury School system in July, 2004. He has resigned.
Public Information Officer Rita Foil of Rowan-Salisbury Schools released the following statement:
Erwin Principal Daniel Herring has met with his staff and is communicating thru various avenues with parents in the Erwin community.
In addition, Rowan-Salisbury Schools is supporting the Erwin students and staff with additional counselors for as long as needed.
While we can not address specific incidents, we are sad and heartbroken anytime we receive reports of inappropriate conduct towards any of our students.
We have policies and procedures in place to handle these situations immediately. We are also fortunate to have excellent relationships with law enforcement as we partner together to conduct investigations and to keep our students and schools safe.
We will continue moving forward in keeping safety a top priority in our schools.
Dexter makes the 42nd teacher arrest in North Carolina since American Lens began tracking them in January 2017.