A Swansboro High School teacher is facing nine felony charges involving a student.
Zachary Todd Daugherty, 28, had been charged with six counts of committing a sex act with a student and three counts of taking indecent liberties with a student.
Daughtery was taken to the Onslow County Detention Center and a $45,000 bond has been issued.
According to the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office, the arrest happened on Tuesday. The arrest and charges were prompted by reports received by law enforcement that Daugherty was engaged a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female student.
Daughtery is business and vocational teacher at Swansboro High School.
Onslow County Schools officials said in a press release that they were notified of the accusations on December 7.
The school district also said that Daughtery has been until the investigation has concluded. It is unclear if the Swansboro High teacher was suspend with or without pay. As of the last legislative session, Superintendents have more flexibility when suspending employees. The option to suspend without pay now has a process in place via Senate Bill 599.
Suzie Ulbrich, the Public Information Officer for Onslow County Schools issued the following statement:
Onslow County Schools was informed Dec. 12, that an employee has been arrested and accused of inappropriate conduct with a student. This alleged misbehavior is representative of a very poor decision by a person entrusted with our students. The safety and well-being of our students and members of our school community is our number one priority. The district has adopted policies and administrative guidelines designed, in large part, to ensure student safety. We work hard to create caring and inclusive school communities where our students and staff feel safe and supported. Once the district was notified of allegations against the staff member Dec. 7, Onslow County Schools took appropriate action. The employee was suspended, pending the outcome of the investigation.
Officials from the Onslow County School district said that they had performed background checks and other screening practices on Daughtery, but that nothing came up indicating an issue with him.
Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113 or email Detective K. Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Citizens can also call Crime Stoppers with information at 910-938-3273 and reference case 2017-021988.
The Swansboro High teacher is the 53rd teacher arrest in North Carolina tracked by American Lens in our ongoing Quiet Epidemic series since the start of 2017.