A Southern Nash High School teacher has been charged with four sexual offense crimes involving a minor.
Joshua Thomas Sessoms, 24, has been charged with Statutory rape of a child under the age of 15, statutory sex offense with a child under the age of 15, indecent liberties with a student and sex act with a student.
All of the charges are felonies under North Carolina law. Bail was set at $1.5 million dollars.
Sessoms, a former NCSU football player, was arrested in Wake county by the Raleigh Police department. Sessoms resides near NC State University at 2717 Western Blvd. in Raleigh.
According to arrest records, the arrest took place on October 30th and took place at 5230 Greens Dairy Road in Raleigh. The alleged incident occurred on October 6th incident at a Raleigh home where Sessoms had taken the girl.
Sessoms was a science teacher at Southern Nash High School in Nash County, North Carolina. He was hired by the Nash – Rocky Mount County school district in January of 2017, however school officials indicate his contract was not renewed because of a “license issue.”
School officials in the Nash-Rocky Mount district said that Sessoms was rehired in August through a district “partnership” of some type and Sessoms was placed at Southern Nash High school.
School officials did not comment on whether or not Sessoms had a background check completed on him prior to hiring.
Sessoms has resigned as of October 23rd. Sessoms is the 47th teacher arrest being tracked by American Lens since the beginning of the year.